Smoking while Breastfeeding

Here we have put together some helpful information about smoking while breastfeeding.  It is almost always better to continue breastfeeding your baby, except in some special circumstances mentioned in the links below.  The benefits of breastfeeding, breast milk and the bonding experiences are very important for the mother and her baby. Read the benefits of breastfeeding here.

Are you Smoking and Breastfeeding?

If you are going to continue to smoke cigarettes, it doesn’t mean that you should stop breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding still has benefits that outweigh the negative effects of the cigarette smoke. It is still 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 a baby against repertory problems that can arise from inhaling second-hand smoke…

Read more here about Smoking and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding while Smoking Marijuana

Smoking Marijuana while breast feeding can decrease milk supply, by decreasing the hormone Prolactin. There are also many other risks involved. 

Read more here about Marijuana and Breastfeeding

Smoking while Breastfeeding can Cause:

  • Acid Reflux symptoms.

Acid reflux in babies, also called gastroesophageal reflux (GER) occurs when the muscle at the entrance of the stomach is not strong enough to keep the acids inside the stomach; this then leads to pain and increased spitting up.

Read more here.

  • Colic Symptoms.

Many people believe that certain milks or certain foods eaten by a breastfeeding mother are the main culprit, but there are many other things that can cause infant colic.

Read More Here about the Breastfed Baby and Colic

  • Increased Risk of SIDS.

For reducing SIDS, the best approach is a combination of knowledge and precaution.

It is important to know what SIDS is, along with what causes it, and how to go about reducing the risk.

Read more here.

  • A Low Milk Supply.

Read more here.

  • Toxins in Breast Milk

Breast milk contains antioxidants, which act against the toxins. Breast milk also helps the baby develop a stronger immune system.

Read more here.

Other Drugs and Substances while Breastfeeding

  • Caffeine and Breastfeeding.

Is it safe to consume caffeine when breastfeeding? No, don’t worry, you can still drink your coffee! ;-)

Drinking any caffeinated beverages in moderation while breastfeeding, will not harm your baby. 

Read more here.

  • Social Drugs Breastfeeding Info.

Here we discuss the effects of other dangerous drugs such as Heroin, Amphetamine, Cocaine and Phencyclidine while breastfeeding. Some drugs can cause serious implications, and should be avoided, or alternatively, your baby should not be breastfed. 

Read more here.

  • Alcohol and Breastfeeding.

Can I Drink Alcohol while Breastfeeding?

Research shows that the occasional drink, (about twice a week) is acceptable. Less than 2% of the alcohol that you have consumed, is transferred through your milk to your baby. Many mothers feel that they need to pump and dump milk after drinking alcohol, but expressing does not speed up the elimination of alcohol from your breast milk.

Read more here about Drinking Alcohol and Breastfeeding

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