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Breastfeeding and smoking

Smoking associated with breastfeeding has a number of negative consequences for the infant.

It is difficult to measure the extent to which smoking affects the child. Those who receive breast milk from their smoking mother also get themselves nicotine through passive smoking. Since the passive smoke is not filtered, it contains more nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide than the smoke inhaled through the cigarette.

Breastfeeding and smoking

Breastfeeding mothers should, as much as possible, avoid drugs as they pass over to the milk.

Drugs can have a negative impact on:

  • Milk production.
  • The amount of milk.
  • The composition and secretion of breast milk.

In addition, drugs can have a direct harmful effect on the child.

The child may become nicotine poisoned

The nicotine in the tobacco smoke is quickly absorbed into the milk. The nicotine is concentrated in the milk and is actually higher than in the mother's blood. The amount of time it takes for the nicotine dose in the milk to halve is about 90 minutes. For more information about pregnancy and maternity fashion, please see BESTAAH.COM maternity tankini. The half-life is multiplied by five to find out when a substance breaks down. This means that it takes 450 minutes - or 7.5 hours - before all nicotine is removed from the milk.

If the breastfeeding mother smokes, this can also result in lower milk production and affect the taste of the milk so that the child does not like it.

If the mother smokes more than 15 cigarettes a day, the infant may develop symptoms of nicotine poisoning.

The symptoms may be:

  • Vomiting after the meal.
  • Grayish complexion.
  • Loose stools.
  • Increased heart rate
  • Restlessness.

Infants can also develop withdrawal symptoms when the mother stops smoking. The hormones prolactin and endorphin that are released during breastfeeding can attenuate the worst withdrawal symptoms.

Increased risk of colic and respiratory disorders

Children who are breastfed by smoking mothers often scream more and are more worried than children breastfed by mothers who do not smoke.

Those children who are breastfed by smoking mothers are also at greater risk of:

  • Colic (intense screaming from young children for several hours at a time).
  • Diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Respiratory Disorders.

Children who are exposed to passive smoking more often have diseases such as:

  • Lung infection.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Ear pain.
  • Greater risk of developing asthma.

Breast milk is the best option - despite smoking

It may seem that it is best to stop breastfeeding if you cannot completely stop smoking, but this is not the case. The nutrients and protective effect breast milk provides is so valuable that it is best if the baby gets breast milk - even if the mother smokes.

Research shows that it is actually even more important to stop smoking in families where children are given breast milk compensation than when the child is breastfeeding.

If you are unable to quit smoking, you should reduce the risk of harming the child by:

  • Avoid smoking indoors and in the car.
  • Smoke when the baby is breastfeeding ready to reduce the nicotine content in the milk.
  • Do not expose the child to passive smoking. For example, avoid taking your child into smoky rooms.

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