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09-01-2009, 03:13 PM
Before I got pregnant I went through close to two packs a week, I could tell when I got pregnant though because no one could even open a pack around me it made me sick. I now breastfeed exclusively and have tried the bottle, she won't take it. If I were to have one at night, after, I have fed her will it affect her? I've been told that if you are having troubles quiting it's actually best to breastfeed. I would never smoke around her and no one is ever allowed to smoke in my vehicle weither she is in there or not but it's actually became very stressing because everyone I hang out with is smokers and they formula feed their children so it's become stressful being around it.
09-01-2009, 04:28 PM
The le leche leaque actually has a nice FAQ on this on their site : http://www.llli.org/FAQ/smoking.html
It looks to me that this is much like an occasional drink. If you do it a few hours before you are expected to breastfeed your baby, you are ok. However, it did say that there is a link to fussier babies and mothers who smoke.
Of course, it is better if you can hold out and quit all together, but that's like telling me to back away from the 3 cookies I had this afternoon and get rid of the extra 60 lbs of "baby weight" that's keeping me from optimum health.
09-01-2009, 08:31 PM
I feel horrible for needing one and horrible for biting peoples heads off cause i'm struggling so much
10-14-2009, 10:51 AM
I know this is an old post but thought I would post my reply anyways. I also used to be a pretty avid smoker and quit when I was pregnant. I work full time and my mom watches my little one. I pump before I leave for work and then again, four hours later. I smoke one a day on my way to work. I haven't noticed any difference in the way my little girl acts, so I think you should be fine!
10-14-2009, 05:54 PM
If you are only smoking one a day, you should just quit. Do it for yourself and for your baby. You have an obligation to live forever now. :)
10-14-2009, 06:58 PM
It already seems like you are uncomfortable enough with the one cigarette that it is worth considering kicking the habit altogether.
10-18-2009, 07:36 AM
First, it's awesome that you're keeping smoke away from your baby.
I agree with previous posters that one cigarette probably isn't going to contaminate your milk very much. The bigger issue is the effect on your own health. When I was growing up, my mother's boyfriend (who was like a dad to me) smoked, so I had to see him die of cancer when I was a teenager. If you want your daughter to have the best chance of having her mom around for a good long time, don't smoke.
It will never be easier to quit than now. If you start smoking again now, every cigarette you smoke will make it that much harder to quit in the future.
very stressing because everyone I hang out with is smokers and they formula feed their children so it's become stressful being around it.
You need some different friends. Is there someplace you can meet other non-smoking moms, like a LLL meeting?
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