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Breastfeeding and Tobacco

Smoking isn't good for moms or babies. Stop if you can, but cut down if you can't quit.

Some thing to consider:

  • heavy smoking can decrease the amount of milk you produce for your baby, and can increase the risk of colic (where your baby cries and nothing you do will calm baby)

  • even if you cannot quit smoking, breastfeeding is still recommended. Babies of mothers who smoke are healthier if they are breastfed than if they are fed formula. They have fewer respiratory illnesses.

  • to reduce the negative effects of tobacco, try to smoke immediately after breastfeeding when there will be some time before they feed next

    To learn more about quitting smoking, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 or visit Pregnets.