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Can I smoke while breastfeeding?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

No. Period. (for your baby's sake, please...Don't.).

In brief: No

No. Period. (for your baby's sake, please...Don't.).
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Melissa Arca
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Melissa Arca
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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