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can i smoke while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: You can, but i don't recommend it at all. Aside from the adverse effects of second hand smoke to your baby such as increased risk for sids, ear infections, and respiratory infections; infants exposed to nicotine through breastmilk have interruption of their sleep/wake cycles and breastmilk can actually taste like nicotine. That being said, i'd rather you breastfeed than not.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: No. Period. (for your baby's sake, please...Don't.).
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: No no no! this is absolutely dangerous to your baby and to you. Seriously harmful chemicals will be transmitted through the breast milk and the air. Smoke even stays in your clothes and hair, and will affect your baby. There is also the danger of a lit cigarette accidentally burning the baby. Please, this is the time to quit!
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
No: Not unless you want to feed your baby pesticides and nicotine and, knowingly increase his risk for sids, respiratory problems, ear infections and asthma.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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You can&you shouldnt: Many toxins, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and others are absorbed from cigarette smoke and can pass through mothers milk. If you are smoking at home, you are exposing your baby to 2nd hand smoke, increasing chances of respiratory infections, sinusitis etc., as well an increasing chances that your child will eventually smoke. Talk to your pediatrician, consider smoking cessation now!
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Not a good idea: Smoking around your new baby can cause increased risk of allergies, asthma, ear infections and respiratory infections. Even if you smoke outdoors, the chemicals are in your hair and clothing and can still cause problems for your new baby's tiny lungs. If you ever wanted a good reason to stop smoking, that little person is an excellent reason!

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Is it fine to smoke cigarettes while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Absolutely not!: Absolutely not. The nicotine in the cigarettes is excreted in the breastmilk and can cause severe problems in your baby. In addition, second hand smoke from smoking near your baby or even the ash that inevitably lands on your cloths, skin, etc can be breathed in by your baby and cause significant problems such as asthma, heart arrhythmias, etc.

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