Oregano, safe?

by heather
(vacationing in CO)

I was given Oregano as an antibacterial solution to a nasty sore throat, slight fever and congestion iny chest. But I am nursing my 5 month old and am reading it might not be safe and will decrease my milk supply. Can I take it but counter it with more milk plus or should I take somerhing else?

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Mar 08, 2013
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oregano
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Oregano is safe to use while breastfeeding, many Mothers use it to lower milk supply, if they have oversupply issues.

So, yes, you could use it, but then just use other herbs that will help increase supply.

Some herbs and other things you can consider taking to keep your supply up:

Fenugreek
Alfalfa
Blessed thistle
Anise seed
Fennel seed
Eating oatmeal
Eating seaweed (or nori is sushi)
Drinking coconut water

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peppermint and breastfeeding

I am a breastfeeding mom with a 7 1/2 months old baby girl.

I am having very painful stomach pain, which I think is gas. I put a little peppermint oil in milk and drank it to get some relief.

Will this affect my baby? I thought of looking it up after ingesting it now I'm very concerned about the effect it can have on my baby.

Please help. This is the first time I've drank it.

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Nov 09, 2016
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peppermint and lactation
by: Tracy

Hi

You don't need to worry about it.

Most sources online will tell you that peppermint will decrease your milk supply, but there is absolutely no research to prove this.

Actually woman have been using peppermint for tummy ailments while breastfeeding for many years.

The herbs given to increase supply here in South Africa contain small amounts of peppermint to settle the baby's tummy via the mother's milk.

I think if you take it in small amounts it will not decrease your supply, it will certainly not harm your baby.

Hope this puts your mind at ease.

Dec 09, 2016
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by: Anonymous

Thank you very much. Your response makes me feel relieved.

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Fenugreek and migraine headaches

Could you tell what the risks might be with Fenugreek and migraines?

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migraine headaches and fenugreek
by: Tracy

Fenugreek has been used traditionally to treat migraines/headaches.

But, if you are taking high doses of Fenugreek and are prone to headaches, it has been found to have the opposite affect. So, best thing to do, is to decrease the amount of Fenugreek taken.

There are other herbs that can increase milk supply to such as: Fennel, anise, blessed thistle, Alfalfa. You can combine these with Fenugreek seeds. Mix equal amounts of these ingredients and put 2 heaped table spoons of the mixture in 1L of water, boil for 5 minutes and strain. Drink hot with raw honey and lemon juice. You can drink up to 4 cups daily.

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'Herbs of light' Goat's Rue?

by Alicia
(Missouri, USA)

Hello,

I have been looking for Goat's Rue locally and none of the health food stores in our area carry it.

They don't carry the motherlove line either. One of the health food stores in my city can order a goats rue liquid tincture by 'herbs of light' but I cannot find any reviews on this and I am worried about buying it if the intended purpose is not for increasing milk supply.

The website does not label their goats rue as a galactogogue so I was not sure if they utilize the same parts of the plant responsible for stimulating lactation or not. Thanks!

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Sep 30, 2013
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Goat's Rue
by: Lyssa

I understand your hesitation with an unknown brand!

I, myself, have not heard of that brand...but I do know that most herbs and foods used to increase milk supply, that is not it's strict intended purpose. Oats and flax seed are two good examples. I would assume that this less known brand of goat's rue would be the same as the brand you are looking for. You can always cross check the ingredients list!

Or, you can look on Amazon.com, which should sell anything and everything you are looking for. :)

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Ginger & turmeric tea... Is it safe while breastfeeding?

by Caitlin
(CT)

I suffer from psoriatic arthritis.... Can I make a ginger and turmeric tea while breastfeeding??

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Oct 27, 2014
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Turmeric and ginger
by: Tracy

Hi Caitlin

Ginger can be taken in small amounts as well as turmeric. Turmeric is often used to prevent breast infections and to increase supply. I would not advise more than half a tsp of turmeric per day. Ginger is a lactogenic food substance, so also used to increase milk supply. You can definitely drink this tea, as long as you are not taking in excessive amounts of these substances. Everything in moderation.

Hope this helps

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Peppermint and natural deodorant

I recently decided to switch to an all natural deodorant. I noticed it has peppermint oil in it. I contacted the local woman who makes it and she told me the peppermint oil is diluted. Will it decrease my milk supply?

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Mar 07, 2016
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Very unlikely
by: Tracy

Hi

The amounts of peppermint oil contained in the deodorant would not make a difference.

Usually a mother would have to consume large quantities of peppermint to see a decrease.

BUT, anything is possible and everyone is different. So, just keep an eye on your supply.

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Lavender tea

I'm curious, I enjoy organic chamomile with lavender. However, now that I'm nursing I'm not sure if the lavender is ok to drink or not. Does anyone know?

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Dec 23, 2016
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chamomile and lavender tea while breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Chamomile and lavender are safe herbs to take while breastfeeding. According to the Nursing Mother's Herbal (Sheila Humphrey, RN, IBCLC) they are "A", which means no contraindications or side effects have been identified.

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fennel oil and breastfeeding

by Eleanor
(Utah)

I got a new natural toothpaste that had peppermint as one of the flavorings -- even though it was advertised as a cinnamon toothpaste (can't believe I missed it on the label!) and bye bye milk! :(

I read about Fennel helping to restore milk supply and so I bought Fennel essential oil. I've been applying the oil to the bottom of my feet for two weeks or so -- am I hurting my baby?

I've also taken pains to avoid all peppermint, to breastfeed as often as humanly possible and to stay very well hydrated but I haven't tried any other galactagogues.

I've had to supplement with formula (my 4 month old slipped to her 2 month old weight), but my daughter won't take a bottle so we've used a thin tube that runs from a bottle to her mouth while she's nursing. All of this together has done wonders to restore her weight and to bring my milk back (after two weeks of supplementing with 16 oz of formula, we're down to about 6 oz of formula a day) but I'm worried I've been harming her with the fennel oil.

Thanks!

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Nov 15, 2013
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No need to worry
by: Lyssa

It sounds like you are doing everything right!

I really wouldn't worry about the oil. It seems like you have done everything right to restore supply. You have done a GREAT job, mama! You rock! Keep on nursing! And no need to worry.

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Fennel helps with colic
by: Jessica

Fennel essential oil is considered GRAS by the FDA so is approved to take internally (not that you should ever give it to an infant). It does get into breastmilk but has been shown to reduce colic when it does. If you are worried about it you can use it 20 days and then take a few days off.

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red clover / indian sage leaf / herbalene

by Amy

I was wondering if drinking Jason Winters teas are safe during breastfeeding. Most of them contain red clover, indian sage leaf, and herbalene. The one I'm most interested in contains green tea also. I usually only have one or two cups a day, so caffeine shouldn't be an issue.

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Herbs and breastfeeding.
by: Zelda Behr

As long as you don't drink more than 3 cups per day, the caffeine won't be a problem.

I'm not sure if the Indian sage is the same as normal sage, but that can reduce milk supply, on the other hand raspberry leaves are great to increase milk supply.

Green tea is also okay in small quantities, but there have not been studies done on the effects of it.

Here is a more in dept list of herbs and teas on this site...

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/tea-and-breastfeeding.html

Hope this helps.

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Herbs for pain during postpartum

Is tumeric safe to use during postpartun and breastfeeding?

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Turmeric and breastfeeding
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Turmeric is "generally recognized as safe", but there is lack of data in connection with it's safety while breastfeeding, even though it is famous for it's use while breastfeeding.

Mothers usually take half a tsp of turmeric per day to help increase milk supply as well as prevent breast infections.

I would suggest that you take a small amount and look out for any unusual symptoms in baby, if there are none...increase the amount, but try to keep the dose to not more than half a tsp per day.

Hope this helps

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Bruising after taking fenugreek

by G James
(London )

Hi. I've been taking fenugreek for a few weeks and have notice sudden unexplained bruises on my legs and well as slight bleeding in my nose. I've stopped it and hopefully things will get back to normal.

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mint

by jesenia perez
(sacramento)

Hi I want to try a detox with mint and lemon with water will that affect my milksupply just one cup a day.

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Where to Buy Breast Milk Herbs - Increase Supply

by Jessica
(Bensalem, PA, USA)

For me I purchased from: http://www.breastmilkherbs.com

Fenugreek worked wonders after a few days. Hops help me and the baby rest (really strong hops tea for me...bitter but great).

Breastmilkherbs com seems to have the lowest cost for shipping and whatnot for most herbs.

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Cocoas the culprit

by Charlotte
(Nsw australia)

I have been having a cocoa honey in milk craze as well as making my own chocolate with honey not sugar.

I wa hoeing in until I realised why my baby was starting to fuss and not sleep and not feed well.

The poor mite is high on caffeine. It just clicked the other day that cocoa is caffeine I don't know why it took so long to click!

So I'm getting rid of it for good while I breast feed. My poor little bub and me need to catch up on sleep now!!

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Kombucha?

Is this safe while breastfeeding?

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Aug 02, 2016
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drinking kombucha while nursing
by: Tracy

If you make your own home brew, yes it is safe, but you need to take care that your brew is not overly acidic. When nursing, its best to use ph test strips to make sure that your brew is a ph of between 2.5 and 3.

Kombucha is used as a detox and therefore you need to make sure that you are well hydrated when drinking it, so that the toxins are not released in your breast milk. Drink at least 8 glasses of clean water daily.

Kombucha increases energy levels and is often used for its laxative effects. Keep an eye on your baby, if he/he has runnier stools or has a sudden unwelcome increase in energy, you might want to stop drinking it.

It has so many benefits and I have heard that many mothers drink it without any ill effects. Also, it is said to prevent their babies from getting catching colds. The Probiotics (found in Kombucha) are amazing at counteracting auto-immune diseases and allergies.

Hope this helps

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OLE and gaining weight problems

by Stefania Netcu

Hi Kelly,

I know it's been a while ago, but I am hoping you still remember the weight issue caused by olive leaf extract. I have a 4 months old baby and she lost about 200-300g during last month, which coincide with the period I took OLE for cold relief. What I noticed is the amount of pooing she is doing - between 6 to 8 times a day, and significant quantities. I stopped taking OLE last week and she started to poo less. I've got her stool sent for tests and I am waiting on the results.
Did you experience something similar with your baby pooing? Do you remember how his stool test results came?
Appreciate your help.
Cheers,
Stefania

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Is Hibiscus Flower Safe?

by Mp

In the Hispanic culture we drink a variety of teas. Some hot, some cold. One of the most popular one is Jamaica (hibiscus flower). It’s a great diuretic and helps with urinary tract infections. I’m wondering how safe it is to drink it while nursing. Is there any negative effect to my milk supply?? How will it affect my baby??

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May 29, 2012
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Hibiscus
by: Tracy

Hi

I tried to find some info on this, there is absolutely no info on it. I would put it in an "avoid" or "use in moderation" category. It is a detoxifying herb which acts on the liver...many feel that detoxing while breastfeeding is not a good idea.



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A little hibiscus is fine :)
by: Sandra

Hibiscus is high in vitamin C. I brew about 2 quarts of jamaica (hibiscus tea), add a little sugar and put it in the fridge, and it's delicious.

I am nursing a 10 month old, so she is eating homemade pureed veggies and fruits and nursing about five times + a day.

She is happy and healthy, so I would say that drinking a little hibiscus tea hot or cold is fine. Everything in moderation, as they say.

Plus if you're taking a good pre-natal and drinking a tea blend regularly for nursing then you are already on the right path, so drinking hibiscus tea which has no known adverse affects to nursing moms, should be fine.

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Hibiscus tea is safe woke breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

According to Appendix C: Plant safety in the book titled "The Nursing Mother's Herbal": Hibiscus is not only safe to drink, but is a galactogogue. Meaning it will increase your milk supply. I recommend this book to any nursing mom who loves tea. :)

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?Increased my supply
by: Anonymous

Haha I was wondering why I'm so 'full' lately...I started drinking hibiscus tea!

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Chai tea and breastfeeding safety

by Julia Atherton
(Wichita, Ks)

I am aware of the caffeine in chai tea, but is there anything else in chai tea that would be unsafe for me to consume it while breastfeeding? Would it cause decreased milk supply?

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Is Rooibos tea safe while breastfeeding?

I have terrible seasonal allergies in spring. I've read that Rooibus tea was a safe way to curb the symtoms by drinking about 2 cups a day. Is this safe while breastfeeding?

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Mar 12, 2012
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yes, it is safe
by: Tracy

Hi!

Yes, it is safe. You can have up to 3 cups of any caffeinated drink per day...you could have more rooiboss than this though, because it is virtually caffeine free and even given to infants to calm colic symptoms. I gave it to both my children expressed with breast milk from about two months, it helps them sleep better too.

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I found Chai Rooibos!
by: Anonymous

Well, reporting back. I have went to our local co-op and found Chai Rooibos. They did not have plain rooibos tea available. So far I have drank two cups yesterday, and today I can breathe!! The only concern is the other herbs in this tea. They are: Cardamom Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Clove Bud, and Stevia Leaf. I know that some of these are safe, but some puzzle me. Could you help me figure out if some of these are not safe? My baby has was real fussy yesterday evening and night, and I'm hoping it was just a fluke, and not related to the tea in my breastmilk. Thanks again for my feedback on the first comment. It was so helpful!

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other tea ingredients
by: Anonymous

Some make their own tea with Cardemon to help strengthen the quality and quantity of their breast milk. You are allowed to use this in your food too while breastfeeding

Cinnamon is definitely not dangerous.

Ginger is safe while breastfeeding, ginger has been used to help with milk letdown and milk flow.

There has been no studies done on nursing mothers when it comes to stevia leaf. It is apparently non-toxic at normal doses (of very small amounts) It is considered by many to be safe during lactation.

I’m not sure about the clove bud (if it is the same as clove oil, I don’t think small amounts of this could do anything)…can’t find any info on that one. Since all the other ingredients in your tea are safe, I don’t see how the small amounts of Clove bud could be causing a problem, since very small amounts of anything ever really get to baby though a mothers breast milk.

As with most herbs while breastfeeding, they should not be taken in huge quantities.

Maybe you should look at a few other shops for plain rooibos if you are still worried about it. I could also contact you via email if you like, here is South Africa Rooibos is sold everywhere. We could maybe arrange shipment of a few boxes.


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Rooibos Tea
by: Anonymous

Check out http://www.davidstea.com/rooibos-en

They have some just strait Rooibos teas. I love their green and fruity though.

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Te de tila - Is Linden tea safe?

Hello,
Is linden tea (te de tila) safe to drink while breastfeeding. I drank a cup of tea and now I'm worried about the effects.

Thanks in advance

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Ibuprofen400 + paracetamol 325 intake during breastfeeding

by nimar
(india, punjab)

i am having pain furing braestfeeding ( latching is fine most of the time). its been 3 5 days. for how i can take it!! is it harming my baby ? what abt its secretion in breastmilk). my doctor prescribed it for few but now i can t stop it... pkz help

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ethamsylate and tranexamic acid while breastfeeding

by raju
(India)

Recently the doctor had prescribed the drugs ethamsylate and tranexamic acid my wife who has internal bleeding or infection at the c section wound (i am not so sure about the problems yet), and she is nursing my kid who is 8 months old. is it advisable to take the above drugs? and is there any possible ways these drugs affects the infants health?

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see your doctor
by: Anonymous

Is baby having any weird side effects like drowsiness, fussiness, change in appetite, change in bowel movements?

Tranexamic acid is excreted into human milk and the manufacturer recommends that caution be used when using it while nursing. The same for ethamsylate.

I recommend that you see your doctor about it, especially if baby is showing weird side effects.

Hope this helps.

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different medicines?
by: Anonymous

is tranexamic acid 500 the same as etamsylate 500?

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codeine cough syrup

by kat
(seattle wa)

Can codeine cough syrup dry your milk supply while taking it. My doctor gave me some cough syrup today for my nasty cough but never said anything to me about it i need help

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Sep 14, 2014
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Codeine safety while breastfeeding.
by: Tracy

Hi

Codeine is moderately safe, but risk cannot be ruled out, so you will need to keep an eye on Baby for any side effects.

http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/aap-approved-meds/#Cough

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can i take 'Acnepril ' while feeding?

Hi,
Am breastfeeding for 5 months baby, am facing a pimple problem over my face and neck, so can i take acnepril?

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Can I still breastfeed - smoked weed

by lashae
(dc)

I have not smoked weed since the beginning of my pregnancy before I found out I was pregnant and decided not to continue to some, well until yesterday I went out and instead of doing what I been doing I end up smoking with my sisters and cousin.

I really wish I didn't, but I have been really depressed and going through a lot however I DO NOT INTEND ON CONTINUING I would like to breastfeed still.

Can I still breastfeed if I wait 30 days?

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Feb 09, 2015
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please dont stop breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Hi

It is unnecessary for you to stop breastfeeding for 30 days. If you really want to make sure that it is out of your system you can wait 1 day. It is great that you have decided not to continue with it. I applaud you for that. Just please don't stop breastfeeding over this. If you stop breastfeeding for longer than one day your milk supply will start to decrease.

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Electronic Cigarette

by Anonymous

I am breast feeding my 3 month old exclusively and have switched from 4-6 cigs a day to an electronic cig that I use daily to avoid my little one being exposed to second hand smoke. However, about two days after I began using it, my baby has been extremely fussy and has even had some diarrhea, but I think he may be teething as well. Should I switch back to analogs and see if it helps? I don't want to be responsible for his discomfort :(

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Oct 08, 2013
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Cigs
by: Lyssa

KellyMom.com (considered the bible of the breastfeeding world!) has some great resources on studies that have shown that breastfeeding, even while smoking, is better than formula feeding. There is minimal nicotine in the milk transferred to baby. But, there are a LOT of additives to regular smokes such as poisons that have not been studied to know how much is transferred to baby.

It would be optimal to stop smoking, but most smokers find it incredibly difficult because of the addiction. Switching to an "e cig" is generally a step in the right direction to quitting, as it is tobacco only and has no harmful second hand smoke, only water vapor. It is a great alternative! But no studies have been conducted to collect data on what changes are made to the milk or baby.

It could be a coincidence. I would monitor your baby and if it persists, contact your doctor for an evaluation on your baby.

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by: Anonymous

Thank you I just wanted to update you that he is back to his normal happy self and I still use the e cig. It must have been coincidence!

Feb 22, 2015
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Nicotine
by: Anonymous

Analog or electronic is not the issue. Although you are aaving the baby of harmful smoke and funneling approximately 7000 chemicals into the baby from cigarettes, an enormous portion of the problem comes from the nicotine you are dosing yourself with. Thy nicotine is entering you and your child whether you smoke or vape.

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