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Breastfeeding and Smoking

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby, even if you are a smoker.

The fewer cigarettes a mother smokes, the better it is for both baby and mom. Nicotine can be found in the breastmilk of smokers and can reduce mom’s milk supply. Too much nicotine may cause the baby to have an upset stomach or be fussy.

If you do smoke, here are some tips to help you decrease the health risks to your baby:

  • Reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. 
  • Time your smoking – smoking immediately after baby feeds or when you know your baby may sleep for a longer stretch of time. This will allow the nicotine levels in your blood time to decrease before your baby feeds again.      
  • Avoid exposing your baby to second hand smoke. Have all family members smoke outside and ask your visitors to do the same. A smoke-free environment is best for both you and your baby. 
  • Wash your hands and change your outer layer of clothes before breastfeeding. More information on third hand smoke is available.
  • Ready to quit?  We can help.

For more information on smoking, to obtain tips and support for quitting and for making your living spaces smoke-free, please see:

  • Smokers' Helpline English / Francais or call 1-877-513-5333
  • Motherisk or call 1-877-327-4636 (Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline)

For more information on breastfeeding and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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