Smoking and Breastfeeding Video

Is it safe to smoke while breastfeeding? No. Dr. Lisa cautions, “The nicotine from cigarettes we know is absolutely bad for you, it’s bad for baby, it can cause respiratory problems, and it has been linked with sudden infant death syndrome.” See w...
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Dr. Lisa Masterson: The nicotine, which is in cigarettes and we know it's absolutely bad for you and bad for a baby. It can cause respiratory problems. It has been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Basically, what happens, as you ingest the smoke from the cigarette and it goes into your lungs and into the blood and then it also goes into the breast milk. That gets passed to your baby and can cause all those problems. It's just like with alcohol. Alcohol also gets passed in the baby while you're breast feeding. It can cause slow movements, things like that, lethargy also in the baby, so you want to be careful with alcohol. Caffeine is fine in moderation, we absolutely know that. So moms have to very careful what they do with their bodies while they're breast feeding. We know that in this email she was able to quit, while she is pregnant, which is great. We applaud her for that. So she needs to stop it again, because there is also the third-hand smoke as well which we've talked about on the show. Dr. Jim Sears: If mom smokes, it's much more likely her child is going to grow up and become a smoker. Dr. Travis Stork: Asthma and all such other respiratory illnesses, you as being pregnant and having a child is your excuse to quit smoking for not only your child and your baby but for you.

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