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September 15th, 2012, 04:33 PM
aubers68's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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... that women who smoke "should" breastfeed. A friend is almost 2 weeks post partum and was asking me if I knew anything about smoking and breastfeeding because she's still producing milk. I told her I was unsure, and then, of course, resorted to Dr. Google!

I found that they say...

"a mom who canít stop smoking should breastfeed. Breastfeeding provides many immunities that help your baby fight illness and can even help counteract some of the effects of cigarette smoke on your baby: for example, breastfeeding has been shown to decrease the negative effects of cigarette smoke on a babyís lungs. Itís definitely better if breastfeeding moms not smoke, but if you canít stop or cut down, then it is better to smoke and breastfeed than to smoke and formula feed." (kellymom)

"Donít smoke immediately before or during breastfeeding. It will inhibit let-down and is dangerous to your baby." (kellymom)

"Smoke immediately after breastfeeding to cut down on the amount of nicotine in your milk during nursing. Wait as long as possible between smoking and nursing. It takes 95 minutes for half of the nicotine to be eliminated from your body." (kellymom)

"As it appears that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risks of nicotine exposure, nicotine is no longer listed as a drug that is contraindicated during breastfeeding." (womensmentalhealth)

While those are some things I read... I also learned that they believe smoking can possibly reduce your supply. (which obviously hers is still doing well and she's smoking and not yet nursing)
I also read that while it is ok, and may even be encouraged, your baby may become colic-y)
Another negative I came across on the womensmentalhealth site said "smoking is associated with sleep disturbances in adolescents and adults, researchers have begun to look at the sleeping patterns of babies breastfed by mothers who smoke. They found that the infants of mothers who smoke just before nursing have shorter sleep times and altered sleep architecture."
And one of the last negatives that I read is that women may wean sooner.

So, what do you think???

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September 15th, 2012, 06:28 PM
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If she smokes, I'd say try not smoke at least an hour before feeding, and try to wait to smoke until AFTER a feeding session.

If she can't do that, and is a very heavy smoker, personally I would FF in that situation.
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September 15th, 2012, 06:54 PM
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I read somewhere that moms who smoke should change clothes before nursing because the smoke sticks to the clothes and can cause problems for baby.

Many people I see that smoke really disregard their children because around here many smokers still don't believe in "second hand smoke" problems. Kind of disturbs me. I was raised by a smoker and have buttloads of problems thanks to mom.
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September 15th, 2012, 07:41 PM
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It makes sense to me that babies would be more 'colicky' if they were BF'd and their mom smokes -- because they'll go through nicotine withdrawal too between nursing, kwim?
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September 15th, 2012, 08:20 PM
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I think it's a bit crazy they say it's still better then formula feeding. I don't smoke myself so I don't have to worry about it, but I do wonder, if I did, if I would trust this and still BF.

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