Question: Can I smoke occasionally while breastfeeding?

Is it OK to smoke occasionally while breastfeeding?

Even if a breast-feeding mother is able to give up smoking while she feeds her child, it’s important for her to avoid secondhand smoke whenever possible. Secondhand smoke increases a baby’s risk for infections such as pneumonia. It also increases their risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

How long should I wait to breastfeed after smoking?

If you happen to use marijuana, waiting 1-2 days before resuming nursing will help reduce the amount in milk. Pump and throw away milk in the meantime for comfort and to maintain your milk supply.

How long does nicotine 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.

Do you have to pump and dump after smoking?

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.

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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 can the nicotine in a nursing mothers milk affect nursing babies?

The main identified effects of nicotine on infants were: changes in sleep and wakefulness patterns; reduction of iodine supply; hystopathological damage on liver and lung; intracellular oxidative damage; reduction of pancreatic ß cells; and decreased glucose tolerance.