Quick Answer: Should I Stop Breastfeeding If I Smoke?

Can babies get addicted to nicotine in breast milk?

While many women quit or cut down on smoking while pregnant, they often relapse following the birth of the baby.

A study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center reports that nicotine in the breast milk of lactating mothers who smoke cigarettes disrupts their infants’ sleep patterns..

What happens if you smoke and breastfeed?

Infants of smokers are at increased risk of colic, respiratory infections, and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). But breastfed infants are at lower risk for these diseases compared to artificially fed infants, even when their mothers continue to smoke.

Is smoking and breastfeeding better than formula?

Breast-feeding is healthier for a baby, even when their mother smokes, than formula feeding. If you’re a new mom and are breast-feeding, smoking as little as possible and smoking after breast-feeding can help to reduce nicotine exposure for your baby. Breast milk is an excellent nutritional choice for your baby.

Should I stop breastfeeding if I get pregnant?

Finding out you are pregnant does not mean you must stop breastfeeding your toddler. Many mothers choose to continue breastfeeding throughout pregnancy, while others decide to wean. If you continue breastfeeding through your pregnancy, you may find yourself breastfeeding both an infant and an older sibling.