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How long does nicotine stay in breast milk ?

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Asked by 1baby2009 at 7:51 PM on Aug. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I'm not sure... try googling it

    Answer by momma_marian at 7:53 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • ewe, that's just nasty to make a baby drink nicotine tainted milk

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:53 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • Breast is best, huh?

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:55 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • I know it takes 8 hrs for nicotine to leave the blood, so I would think it would be the same for breastmilk.

    Answer by srhmldndo at 8:09 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • Anons 7:53 7:55 can you imagine that formula is still much worse to give a child then a lightly nicotine 'tainted' milk? Because the facts state unequivocally that that is the truth. Even lightly nicotine infused breast milk is far superior to any formula. Careful what you poke fun at because it may only show your lack of intelligence on the matter.

    OP do your best to quit, you and baby will both benefit greatly.  If you must have a cigarette do so immediately after breast feeding so you will be clear for the next feeding & make sure to be outside & in different clothing.  Check out for more information.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:30 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • Everything you could ever want to know on the subject here:

    An excerpt:

    "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. "

    --By Kelly Bonyata, IBCLC

    Good luck on quitting, if that's what you're trying to do. I know it's not easy.

    Answer by gdiamante at 9:13 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • I read somewhere that you have to smoke 15 cigarettes a day for any measurable amount of nicotine to be detected in breastmilk.

    Answer by ma2b08 at 9:23 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • For those of you don't like a BF resource will the CDC work?  They recommend a smoking Bf mom over a smoking FF one.

    Should mothers who smoke breastfeed?
    Mothers who smoke are encouraged to quit, however, breast milk remains the ideal food for a baby even if the mother smokes. Although nicotine may be present in breast milk, adverse effects on the infant during breastfeeding have not been reported. AAP recognizes pregnancy and lactation as two ideal times to promote smoking cessation, but does not indicate that mothers who smoke should not breastfeed.

    Answer by Natsnumberthree at 11:19 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

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