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Do you think nursing is bad if you don't do it right?

By right i mean you don't eat proper (like only a sandwich all day) Your a smoker and you don't take vitamins. I know some one doing that now. I asked why is she nursing she said it's good for the baby, but if you don't eat the baby doesn't and she prides herself on cutting back on eating. and if you smoke the baby gets that too and if you don't take vitamins the baby doesn't get them. So in THIS CASE i think formula is better because it doesn't contain the junk from cigarettes, has FOOD in it, and vitamins. Do you think she's helping her baby?


Asked by amommy2a2yrold at 9:04 AM on Jul. 14, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i think formula is better for the baby too if she cant give up smoking or eat right while bf'ing

    Answer by tnm786 at 9:11 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • Don't worry.. doing all of that her milk should dry up pretty quick. If you don't take care of your body it will have its own stopping point. I think though she sounds like she just may be uninformed about the proper way to go about feeding the baby nutritious foods, and at least she is trying. Perhaps you could give her some pointers?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:11 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • I have heard and read from several places that even if you smoke, breastmilk is still better for the baby than the formula alternative.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:11 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • I think she should just stop nursing if she is going to half-a$$ed it. Maybe she can't afford formula?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:24 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • Well the smoking alone isnt really an issue, even if the mom smokes the breast milk is still better than formula. As for vitamins: you don't need them, you should be eating a normal healthy diet but there is no reason to go overboard.

    Answer by Cynthje at 9:26 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • She is on WIC and has had consultant help her with BFing and also this is baby two I KNOW SMOKING ALONE isn't a reason not to but not eating but once a day and very little on top of that is

    Answer by amommy2a2yrold at 9:31 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • I don't care what anyone says, her smoking is not better than giving that kid formula! That is just stupid! Common sense out the window huh?


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:35 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • The only person who is suffering is HER. Her baby is still getting what s/he needs, unless she was extremely malnourished before she had the baby. In any case, unless the mother is smoking crack or taking chemo, nursing is ALWAYS best for the baby.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • She should definitely breastfeed, ESPECIALLY if she smokes.


    "First of all, a mom who can't stop smoking should breastfeed. Breastfeeding provides many immunities that help your baby fight illness and can even help counteract some of the effects of cigarette smoke on your baby: for example, breastfeeding has been shown to decrease the negative effects of cigarette smoke on a baby's lungs. It's definitely better if breastfeeding moms not smoke, but if you can't stop or cut down, then it is better to smoke and breastfeed than to smoke and formula feed. "

    Maybe she doesn't understand that she has to provide her body with enough calories to keep her milk supply going. But aside from that, her dietary choices don't matter enough to make formula better. Her body will "steal" from itself to make good milk (calcium from her bones, etc.).

    Answer by Kari78 at 9:41 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • Its still better to breastfeed, that's how much better breastmilk is to formula.

    Answer by sk_tennyson at 9:59 AM on Jul. 14, 2009