Smoking not only transmits harmful chemicals to your baby via your breast milk, it can also affect a new mother’s milk supply. This might cause her to produce less milk. Women who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day experience reduced milk supply and changes in the milk’s composition.
Is it OK to smoke while breastfeeding?
You may not smoke or vape anywhere near your baby, but nicotine and other harmful toxins can accumulate in the air, in your body, and in your breast milk. It’s called passive exposure, and it puts your baby at a higher risk of developing health problems, like ear infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
How long does smoke stay in breastmilk?
In fact, nicotine (and its metabolite cotinine) peaks in breast milk 30 minutes after smoking a cigarette, and nicotine’s half-life in breast milk is approximately two hours. This means it’s better to have a cigarette immediately after breastfeeding than directly before nursing if you are going to smoke.
Should I pump and dump after smoking a cigarette?
Should I pump and dump after smoking a cigarette? As nicotine levels are said to gradually fall in your blood and breast milk after smoking a single cigarette, pumping and dumping (throwing away) your breast milk after a cigarette is not necessary to clear the nicotine from breast milk.
How can I get nicotine out of my breast milk?
Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate the presence of cotinine in the breast milk of smoking mothers, and the consequences of this chemical on infant health are still to be investigated.
How does nicotine in breast milk affect a baby?
Babies exposed to smoke via breast-feeding are more susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and the development of allergy-related diseases like asthma. Nicotine present in breast milk can lead to behavioral changes in a baby like crying more than usual.
Does nicotine stay in expressed breast milk?
Unlike during pregnancy, a nursing woman who smokes occasionally can time breastfeeding in relation to smoking, because nicotine is not stored in breast milk and levels parallel those found in maternal plasma, peaking ~30 to 60 minutes after the cessation of smoking and decreasing thereafter.
How long after smoking Can I breastfeed again?
If you continue to smoke when you are breastfeeding, wait to have a cigarette until after you have completed a feeding. You might be advised to wait at least three to four hours before breastfeeding again–even if it means that you have to pump and dump (where you express and discard some breastmilk).