Hi, anyone do smoke and breast feed?? and anyone heard of can drink Guinness or red wine while on c

Chantal - posted on 11/28/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Hi, anyone do smoke and breast feed??



and anyone heard of can drink Guinness or red wine while on confinement???

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Sarah - posted on 11/30/2009

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did your mom's or grandmother's smoke? If the answer is yes, does that mean that you should have been taken away from them because they did? This is the most ridiculous chain I have read on Circle of Moms and the most unproductive and unsupportive, ever. You all need to get over yourselves and it seems that most of you actually need a smoke and a drink to calm down, or at least, a bath and maybe some sex.

Chantal: Yes, I smoked a bit when breastfeeding and drank a bit when breastfeeding. To sum everyone up, it seems like the tell tale modo "EVERYTHING IN MODERATION" is very important here. If you or a loved one can not quit while breastfeeding, let them know that they should try, but all the books I have read on breastfeeding (I have read at least ten) and the doctors and gynos I have met with since breastfeeding have all said say its better to breastfeed and smoke than to not breastfeed at all and give formula. Also, I only smoke 3-5 a day and every time I do, I go OUTSIDE, I put my hair up and a hat on, then brush my teeth and wash my face and hands afterward. I also make sure to always wear a jacket over my clothes or actually change my shirt afterward. Its my filthy habit, but I try to be the best I can about not getting it near my son. Sorry I'm addicted, I'm working on it, it doesnt make me a bad mother, just a nicotine addict.

Regarding drinking: Same thing, just be careful. Be aware, have lots of pumped milk if you are going to get really tipsy and then pump and dump. We are all human! If you need to go out and get your groove on, do it. Just really plan in advance. Also, just on a side note, I did this once when my baby was an infant. I was excited to go out, get drunk and pump and dump. I have not done it since because I was drunk and was too scared of not taking care of my baby properly. All I'm trying to say is to also prepare to have someone else there to help you with the baby if you are really tipsy. I hope this makes sense. A few glasses of wine or beer are fine a few times a month, all in moderation, just try to have them AFTER you breastfeed so that way you have longer time to metabolize it.

Kristina - posted on 11/28/2009

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Don't smoke. Period. If you're pregnant, it can lead to low birth weight and placental insufficiency (baby not getting enough oxygen). After pregnancy, it greatly increases the risk of SIDS for your baby, whether you're breastfeeding or not. It also contributes to asthma, ear infections, and respiratory infections.

If you choose to continue smoking, some people will advise you not to breastfeed. I am not one of those people. Breastmilk is still the best for your baby. Here are some steps to take to lessen the risk to your child:

1. Always smoke outdoors, away from the baby.

2. Wear a jacket and hat when you smoke. When you come inside, take off the jacket and hat, and wash your hands before you pick up baby.

3. Pay especially close attention to the standard precautions against SIDS: Always put baby on his back to sleep. Never sleep with baby in your bed. Keep a firm crib mattress with no stuffed animals or fluffy blankets.

About drinking alcohol during pregnancy, the general rule is, don't do it. A single drink (1 oz hard liquor, 12 oz beer, or 4 oz wine) per 24-hour period during your third trimester is unlikely to cause harm, but there's just no reason to chance it. Also, it's setting an example for other moms that could significantly harm their babies if they follow it. Engaging in moderate drinking (again, 1 drink per 24-hour period) while breastfeeding should be fine, though.

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Ok, just to let me fully clarify here...

I don't smoke. I don't let people who smoke do so anywhere near my children. I agree that smoking is harmful for people, especially babies. I appreciate when I hear of smoking parents doing everything they can to minimize the risk. I agree that someone who does smoke should stop if at all possible, especially if pregnant or breastfeeding.

But for heaven's sake, lady, I stop short of accusing a smoking mother of attempted murder and saying that she shouldn't be allowed to have her baby.

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"so ur saying a woman that IS KNOWINGLY puttin there own child in harms way deserves one.. A mom is KNOWINGLY poisoning a baby .. or maybe they should get charged with attempted murder hmmmm"

Ok, charge me.

I developed such severe eczema earlier this year, while breastfeeding, that my nipples were bleeding and the entire surface of both breasts were badly cracked. My doctor prescribed a steroidal cream, and my lactation expert told me to use it. Less than 1% gets into breastmilk.

Charge me.

I'm on Cephalexin right now for mastitis. My fever was rising dangerously rapidly, and my doctor feared that I would develop an abscess. About .5% or less is passed into breastmilk. My lactation expert told me to take it.

Charge me.

I put my baby in a proper infant carseat, facing properly in the car, in a five-point harness, but cars put out tailpipe emissions. I take her with me to the grocery store, in the city, where we have air pollution. I clean my kitchen with Lysol. I use disposable diapers. My baby's nursery has fire-resistant curtains.

So charge me with murder.

Or back off a little.

I agree that smoking is not good for a baby. But the "let's steal their children away because they smoke" response is too harsh. What else should we choose to remove parental custody for?

Anna - posted on 11/29/2009

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Your baby is going to be getting all those poisons from you in the womb and through the milk. It is so much better if you can avoid alcohol and cigarettes. If you can't quit outright, at least try to cut down. Smoking during pregnancy increases your baby's chances of dying of SIDS and many other health problems. Even if you do smoke and breastfeed, never, ever smoke in the house or smoke near your baby. It is just so terrible for a baby to be breathing it.

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Traci - posted on 11/30/2009

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dont do either...anything that goes into you also goes into baby...I have worked with clients with fetal alcohol syndrome...it could all have been avoided if the mother had not drank alcohol. its only 9-10 months to not drink...if you can't go that long, seek help.

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Some people are just going to smoke, no matter what you say. I chose to quit but I have to admit it's almost as hard as labour...
If you look at the difference between a smoker's and non-smoker's child, often the smoker's child has reccuring ear infections, colds, slight coughs and a bix of a lax immune system. Some lucky people however have perfectly healthy children that they smoke around. It's a gamble with a child's health, but a lot of people choose to do so (which doesn't make it right) but telling them to quit doesn't gain you anything but enemies.

Kelsey - posted on 11/30/2009

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i quit smoking while i was prego and i started when i had her but i dont even go through a pack in 3 weeks. as for drinking try not to drink to much while bfeeding..u dont wanna get your little one drunk

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also with all the help to quit i dont understand while people do it my husband and i both quit when we had kids ??? if u really love them you have no excuse ! being a parent might suck but no one said you had to do it !

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YOU shouldnt smoke if you are a parent at all let alone nurse and do it ! and if you wanna drink pump before and give him/her a bottle! i had one beer and didnt even finish and nursed like 2 hours later she threw it all up !!!! and not spit up real barf !

Dale - posted on 11/30/2009

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hi, when i was first pregnant, i found i extremely difficult to quit smoking at first, so i cut down significantly, by the end of the second trimester i had quit completely, i was ashamed of myself that it took so long for me to quit during my pregnancy and now am embarrassed to admit it, i also have no intentions of ever taking it up again..... I'm breastfeeding and have had the occasional drink, and when i say occasional i mean, no more than 2 in one week, no more than one in a 24 hour period and always after my baby was asleep for the night so that i knew all the alcohol was out of my system before her next feed

Lisa - posted on 11/30/2009

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I have to somewhat agree with amber... We all KNOW smoking is harmful and not good for babies in anyway... So why do it, or even be around it? Its just a no brainer for me...Just try and give your baby the best start in life....

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Geepers, guys. I don't smoke and I don't agree with smoking, but I don't agree with claiming that a woman doesn't deserve to have children because she smokes.

As for alcoholic beverage... we now know that alcohol content leaves the breastmilk as it leaves the bloodstream, so just take a glassful after you feed and it should be metabolized by the time you feed again. No biggie. Pregnant is different, because your baby is getting what you get on a constant basis.

What you can get away with for breastmilk is much greater than what you can get away with when you're pregnant.

Amber - posted on 11/30/2009

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wow some women seriously dont give a lick of a crap about they're kids health .. its so rediculous .. there are people out there that would give anything to be able to have kids then u have moms that get pregnant and arent even responsible and dont take care of themselves . THOSE dont deserve to have children .. just because ur baby seems fine now after smoking while preggo or breast feeding doesnt mean long term they will be fine .. even if they are fine why gamble with the odds? If the doc says if u dont smoke ur baby wont die one day .. wouldnt u choose not to smoke? hmm I dont get it .. or if ur doc says smoking will cause ur babys heart rate to go up from drinking the milk .. hmmm why would u smoke .. anyways its hard listening to such irresponsible moms .that just dont care about they're kids.. god bless those children!

Eileen - posted on 11/29/2009

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I know i will get alot of negative feedback bcuz of this but i smoke. I know its not tha best while breastfeeding but it is so hard for me because of other stressors. I also smoked but not as much while i was prego. I have seen no adverse effects from this. I am going to get on that chantex but cant do it while breastfeeding. Occassionally i will have a glass or two of wine but just use your judgement and always in moderation.

Jackie - posted on 11/29/2009

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I smoked while bfing and I did have the "nursing mom beer" in the fridge. Drove my husbands friends nuts that one beer would be sitting there and no one could drink it but me.

Jocelyn - posted on 11/29/2009

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I smoked while breastfeeding my son (but I would plan it so it was right after a feed and not right before) and I was told to drink a beer to help with milk production (i think it is because of the yeast in it, i'm not sure tho)

Sam - posted on 11/29/2009

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hi i do smoke n my hv told my to drink guinness or a murphys cause of its vit b content which is good for ur milk but i dont know about red wine xxx

Shannon - posted on 11/29/2009

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Quoting Kristina:

I will modify my above comment to state that if you absolutely can't quit, cutting back is better than nothing at all. I know a very good mother whose ulcerative colitis is simply out of control if she doesn't smoke 1-2 cigarettes a day. I just advise that you weigh the risks and benefits of your behavior and do what you believe is best for your baby. There's no room for blatant selfishness in motherhood, but you can't be completely perfect, either.


She's not pregnant! She's asking about smoking while breastfeeding.

Shannon - posted on 11/29/2009

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Quoting amber:

People who smoke when pregnant are selfish and inconsiderate of they're babys .I do not approve of moms that do it nor do I agree with it .If having a small human being that is YOUR blood growing in your body isnt enough of a reason to stop smoking then u need help.There are stop smoking groups out there . A doc will tell u if u smoke .ur baby might be born underweight, premature, have long tern health problems .Also when born ur baby might have a higher chance of having sids and dying in they're sleep .Im sorry if they say that if u smoke THAT stuff will happen .Why in the WORLD would u smoke!!.It baffles me!!!!Some people just dont deserve to have babys .There are woman that just dont care about anyone but themselves.


This woman is asking if anyone smokes while they BREASTFEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK read the question first of all and 2nd, She never said she did or didn't smoke. You are assuming. this place is for advice not criticism.

Shannon - posted on 11/29/2009

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I smoke cigarettes and breastfeed, I quit when I found out I was pregnant then started smoking again when my son was a month old. The doctor told me that smoking while breastfeeding is not harmful, the only thing is that the nicotine gets in the baby's stomach and may raise their heart rate a little bit but thats only if you're a HEAVY smoker.

I drink a glass of wine or a beer occasionally. I used to pump and dump when I would drink but I found out that if you have one drink right after you nurse your body metabolizes the alcohol out of the milk within 2 hours. So its safe to feed the baby the next time.

Don't breastfeed your baby if you are drunk or have a buzz. Try pumping and saving the milk so you can go out or have a few drinks and the baby can eat the saved milk, just remember to pump as often as baby eats so your milk supply doesn't decrease. (and dump it out)

hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 11/29/2009

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I did not smoke much while I was pregnant. Started again after she was born. I do smoke and breastfead, doctor said a small amount of nicotine MAY get into your milk but studies have not been able tp prove anything. Go with your gut and your by what your doctor says - your baby will let you know if something does not jive. I would still breastfeed because it is so good for the baby. I was told never to smoke around baby which I dont and when I smoke outside I wrap myself up with something so I dont have smoke left on me when I come inside.

Kristina - posted on 11/28/2009

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I will modify my above comment to state that if you absolutely can't quit, cutting back is better than nothing at all. I know a very good mother whose ulcerative colitis is simply out of control if she doesn't smoke 1-2 cigarettes a day. I just advise that you weigh the risks and benefits of your behavior and do what you believe is best for your baby. There's no room for blatant selfishness in motherhood, but you can't be completely perfect, either.

Amber - posted on 11/28/2009

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alot of girls in my family have smoked and drinked.. but i didnt when i was pregnant. I have a couple of cigarettes here and there now that iv ahd bubs and she is ok. Alot of mums smoke.
I dnt consider smoking as a good thing, but if u have to smoke to feel calm.. then go ahead. Your baby wont suffer if u r just having a couple a day.

Anna - posted on 11/28/2009

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I do not smoke while i breastfeed and i know that it isn't safe to drink. I was told that one glass of wine a day even while you're pregnant is safe. But i didn't do it.

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