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 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
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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
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.
- 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
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.