Smoking and Breastfeeding

Are you Smoking and Breastfeeding?

If you are not going to stop smoking, it does not mean that you should stop breastfeeding.

The benefits of breastfeeding, outweigh the negative effects of cigarette smoke. (Read all the benefits of breastfeeding)

It is better to be smoking and breastfeeding, than to smoke and formula feed. Of course it would be best to try and quit, but many mothers will find it very hard to make that decision and actually quit.

Breastfeeding protects your baby against repertory problems that can arise from inhaling secondhand smoke.

Protecting your Baby

Things you can do if you are smoking and breastfeeding to protect your baby

  • Try to smoke away from your baby, as the secondhand smoke is even more harmful than the smoke that you are inhaling.  
  • You should try to decrease the amount of cigarettes you smoke daily. (No more than 10 - 15 cigarettes per day)
  • You can smoke an hour before a feeding, as it takes 95 minutes for half of the nicotine to be eliminated from your system.
  • Breastfeeding while smoking should be avoided completely, always smoke after a feeding and away from your baby.
  • Smoke outside or ventilate your home frequently.

The Risks of Smoking and Breastfeeding

  • Smoking while breastfeeding may reduce your breast milk supply.
  • Your baby may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, colic (abdominal cramps) and diarrhea.
  • Smoking and breastfeeding can inhibit milk-let down (flow of milk).
  • Smoking is linked to early weaning.
  • It can lead to Iodine deficiency, which can cause a thyroid infection.
  • Smoking and breastfeeding can create sleep disturbances in a baby.
  • Baby’s ability to absorb certain vitamins and minerals is compromised.

Secondhand Smoke

What are the dangers of smoking, while a baby is around?

Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Increased chance of SIDS, Ear infections, Children are more likely to smoke one day, Doubles your child’s risk of lung cancer, Stunted and delayed development and Sinus infections.


When quitting

  • Nicotine patches should be used after feedings.
  • Nicotine gums and lozenges should be used after feedings.

Smoking and breastfeeding

~Interesting fact~

Never smoke and use nicotine patches at the same time if you are breastfeeding, as the nicotine patches contain “nicotine" too!

Smoking Marijuana and Breastfeeding

Marijuana breastfeeding information

Are you smoking marijuana while breastfeeding or smoking pot while breastfeeding?

Marijuana also called “pot", “weed" and “cannabis" is the most commonly used, illegal drug used today.

Mothers who use cocaine, heroin or PCP should not breastfeed, as their babies will experience serious side-effects and may even die.

Risks of Smoking Marijuana and Breastfeeding

Smoking weed while breastfeeding, could cause:

  • A marijuana dependency can lead to low milk production.
  • Baby will show signs of sedation, weakness and lack of appetite.
  • High risk of SIDS “cot death".
  • One of the biggest marijuana risks, is damage to brain cells and genetic material.

Breastfeeding or smoking? Smoking is extremely addictive, and quitting is not easy. However, quitting is most surely one of the greatest gifts you can give to your new baby.

Other pages on “breastfeeding problems" in connection to smoking pot and breastfeeding “cannabis breastfeeding"

Alcohol and breastfeeding

Caffeine and breastfeeding

Marijuana and breastfeeding

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