Does smoking affect your baby while breastfeeding?

How long should you wait to breastfeed after smoking?

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).

Is it safe to breastfeed while smoking?

Breastfeeding and cigarette smoke

Nicotine passes rapidly into your breast milk and affects how much milk you have. Nicotine in breast milk and passive smoking can give your baby chest infections, vomiting, diarrhoea and irritability. Avoid smoking for half an hour before you breastfeed.

How does nicotine in breast milk affect a baby?

Despite the fact that the amount of nicotine transferred into breast milk is more than double the quantity transferred through the placenta during pregnancy, there is strong evidence that breast milk itself provides protection: the incidence of respiratory illness among infants who were breastfed by mothers who smoked …

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.

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Do I 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.

How long does nicotine stay in baby’s system?

The half-life of nicotine is approximately 2.5 hours in adults15 and 9–11 hours in newborns,16–one of the shortest half-lives of drugs used during pregnancy17.