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can you breastfeed if u smoke

by smoke i mean cigarettes plzz no bashing im just checking

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:08 PM on Oct. 28, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • you should not smoke around your baby and i hope you did not smoke during pregnancy. it can cause sids (sudden infant death syndrome) and it can also cause respritory problems such as asthma in your baby. if you love your baby and really care about her health, you will quit smoking.

    Answer by mandielynn23 at 10:12 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • yes

    Answer by EireLass at 10:12 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • yes. just be highly aware of 3rd hand smoke (smoke on your body & clothes). nicotine also passes through your breast milk, so it may keep baby up is you smoke in the evening, or it can make them extremely fussy.
    not the best choice, but better than formula.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 10:17 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • i did,once a day,but then i stopped breast feeding after 3 months.and shes perfectly fine

    Answer by anna_p_castillo at 10:21 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Yeah, it shouldn't be a problem.

    Answer by Annabel1809Lee at 10:23 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Only smoke immediately AFTER nursing to keep as much nicotine as possible out of baby. The benefits of breastfeeding actually help the negative effects of having a parent who smokes.

    That said, weather you breastfeed or formula feed you need to be incredibly careful about not smoking in the house or car, not smoking around your child, washing your hands and face after smoking and before touching your child, changing your clothes or wearing a "smoking jacket" that can be taken off after you smoke. . . . . there are a lot of negative side affects involved with 2nd and 3rd hand smoke.


    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 10:30 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Yes you can breastfeed but just so you know...babies of parent's who smoke have a much higher risk of SIDS and other problems. Also like another poster said, now they are finding that 3rd hand smoke (smoke on your body, in your hair, or on your clothes) is having effects almost as bad as 2nd hand smoke. Also, the nicotine can get into your milk and upset the baby, either making he/she really hyper or fussy. I'm not a smoker so I don't know the struggles you smokers go through to try and quit, but I hope you will at least try for the sake of your child.

    Answer by Ash9724 at 10:37 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • I was told by my doctor that it is much better for the baby if you bf even if you smoke. He said as long as I was smoking less than a pack a day to breastfeed. and bf does help with some of the effects of having smoking parents.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:50 AM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • For a smoking mother it is better to breastfeed, breastfeeding gives protection against many things and lowers the chances of SIDS..formula just doesn't have those benefits.

    Answer by Cynthje at 9:41 AM on Oct. 29, 2009

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