Smoking while breastfeeding is not without risk. Nicotine is harmful for a baby whose body is still developing quickly. There are ways to avoid exposing your baby to nicotine by smoking after breastfeeding instead of before, and not smoking at least 2 hours before feeding.
Experts and doctors would rather have a smoking mother who breastfeeds than a smoking mother who gives formula milk. Medical experts state the nutrients in breast milk can more than compensate for the ill effects of smoking, as compared to a smoking mother that gives formula.
Let’s quit to make baby’s first food healthier.
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