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Can you smoke or drink when your breastfeeding?

How does it work when you are breastfeeding do you pump after you drink and then throw it away or do you just not drink enough for it to go through?smoking?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Sep. 29, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • I don't know about drinking but smoking, are you serious? No smoking PERIOD.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:50 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • I heard a cigarette was okay. I also heard a drink right after bfing was okay too.

    You're going to have to research this beyond Cafemom. Too many opinions, too few facts.

    Answer by staciandababy at 2:53 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Sadly, smoking while breastfeeding is still the better alternative to formula feeding but you should really stop. With drinking, you should always have a back up supply on hand just in case. You should wait an hour per drink before nursing like driving. If you are safe to drive, you are safe to breast feed. Pumping and dumping just wastes time. Only pump if you are in pain from engorgement. Your milk will be rid of alcohol when your blood is.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • r u that stupid? one sip or one hit GOES IN UR MILK. anything goes in ur milk. For the love of the child put it on formula. ignorant mothers like that (you or not u) need to have their kids taking and giving to someone that doesnt party around their kids. and dont say im not around them or the moms not around them bc if the child still breastfeeds the kid is around.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • i read if you smoke less than 10 cigarettes a day the benefits still outweigh the risks but more than 10 then no, and to smoke RIGHT after you feed or pump instead of before.... im not sure about drinking i've heard 1000000000000 stories about it

    Answer by pookipoo at 2:54 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of alcohol in breastfeeding mothers. Alcohol does pass into breastmilk more readily than some other drugs, but unless you drink several drinks or more a day, every day, there shouldn't be a problem. Some studies have shown that drinking heavily over a long period of time can slow your baby's motor development, and regular alcohol abuse can cause slow weight gain in the baby, but there is no evidence that having a few beers or glasses of wine will harm your baby.
    Mothers who drink metabolize alcohol in about 1-3 hours, so if you want to be conservative, wait a couple of hours for each drink before you nurse. If you have 4 beers, wait 8 hours. Having a glass of wine or a beer or two should not cause any problems, and I would not even worry about it. In his new book "Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding," he says "Alcohol while breastfeeding?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:58 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • If you are a heavy smoker (a pack or more a day), your milk supply may go down and rarely, your baby may have an upset stomach. Nicotine can interfere with your letdown reflex, so it may lower your milk production or your baby's weight gain if you smoke heavily over a long period of time. The Breastfeeding Answer Book says that "if a mother smokes fewer than 20 cigarettes a day, the risks to her baby from the nicotine in her milk are small." If you can't quit, try to cut back, and smoke after you nurse and not before. Even if you smoke more than a pack a day, it's better to nurse and smoke after nursing than not to nurse at all. There is no research to prove that nicotine in your milk is going to cause any lasting harm to your baby, no matter how much you smoke

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:00 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Breathing in secondhand smoke is worse for your baby than the small amount of nicotine that gets in your milk, so try not to smoke in the same room with the baby. The protective benefits of breastmilk are well documented. Breastfeeding helps protect your baby from SIDS, respiratory infections, and certain cancers. Try to quit, cut back if you can't quit completely, smoke after nursing, and smoke outside, but don't formula feed your baby because of this. Dr. Thomas Hale says in his book Medications and Mother's Milk: "The risk of nicotine via breastmilk is far less than the risk of formula feeding. Mothers should be advised to limit smoking as much as possible, and to smoke only after they have breastfed their infant."


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • now does that answer ur dumb question? if not look it up urself

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:02 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • My cousin once got really drunk when her son was a few months old (her husband's buddy was retiring, and they were all celebrating, I think). She said that she spent two days pumping, smelling the milk, and throwing it out. She said the alcohol gave it a horrible sour scent. Fortunately, she was an overproducer, so she had plenty in the freezer and fridge.

    Answer by EternalChild86 at 3:03 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

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