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July 29, 2014
It is no secret that smoking during pregnancy is strongly correlated to adverse outcomes for infants. The scientific research dates back decades and links mothers who smoke while pregnant to premature births, underweight babies, miscarriages and a slew of other adverse outcomes. What is less often spoken about is smoking while breastfeeding.
Smoking lowers a woman’s ability to produce breast milk.
This could cause inadequate nourishment for your baby which defeats the purpose of breastfeeding all together. Smoking while breastfeeding decreases levels of prolactin as well as the fat content in breast milk, making it more difficult for babies to get enough calories and healthy fats. A baby’s development is directly correlated to their source of nourishment it should not be tainted, as it is when a mother smokes while breastfeeding.
When you smoke, nicotine is pumped through your bloodstream and your breast milk is exposed to this.
The problems don’t stop with breast milk contamination for the baby. Second hand smoke is a big problem as well. Infants who are exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to contract pneumonia, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections and are more likely to get lung cancer.
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