Several studies have been published over the years on how harmful smoking is to pregnant women. It is no secret to anyone that its components are harmful to both the woman and the fetus. To name just a few, we are underweight, have a higher risk of having a premature baby, retarded growth of the fetus, congenital malformations, and many other pathologies, not to mention a risk of miscarriage. This time we go further and ask ourselves: Why should you not smoke if you are breastfeeding? Why is tobacco not compatible with breastfeeding? Does it cause as many effects as when a woman smokes during pregnancy? What can a smoker mother do if she finds it so difficult to quit? I will answer all these questions in the following article!
Doing an analysis of the components that a cigarette has can allow us to get an idea of how dangerous and harmful it is for health. A cigarette contains nicotine, a highly addictive substance and the one responsible for not being able to quit easily. On the other hand, cigarette smoke has approximately 7 thousand components of which 70 are carcinogenic. It also has invisible gases that impede the transport of oxygen in your body, resulting in less oxygenation to all your tissues, not to mention the famous tar that accumulates in your lungs affecting respiration.
It is true that the components of cigarettes pass into the blood and, therefore, into breast milk, but not in excessively high proportions. Even so, risks to the baby are importants, for example, that the child unwittingly becomes a passive smoker because being in contact with the smoking mother sucks humor.
It is also important to note that the child will be exposed to a greater susceptibility to presenting repetitive respiratory processes, probability of suffering from asthma, allergies, allergic rhinitis, constant cough, bronchial hyperresponsiveness ... It has even been related to the development of obesity and lack of progress in height in later ages, without ceasing to mention the danger of presenting sudden death syndrome of the infant.
It is currently shown that cigarettes inhibit prolactin, a hormone responsible for milk production, interfering with its normal functioning at the brain level, which would result in less breast milk.
Now, if you find it so difficult to quit smoking while breastfeeding, I can recommend some tips that can help you:
- Do not think about giving up breastfeeding for anything because, even smoking, the benefit of breastfeeding your child is much greater than feeding him infant formula.
- EVita smoking for at least 2 hours before breastfeedingThis would not only reduce the passage of the substances that compose it through breast milk, but also prevent the smell from permeating your clothes and your skin and your baby sucks it up.
- Reduce the number of cigarettes. If you feel anxious, try to occupy yourself with something: read a book, cook, call a friend ...
- Do exercise. I consider this to be one of the best weapons to combat the anxiety of smoking, since when doing some sporting activity, you release endorphins that cause you pleasure and somehow block the urgent need to smoke.
- If you smoke, do it outside the home.
You must think that if you smoke, your child will most likely do so in adulthood. Remember that there is no better role model for children than their parents, so I advise you to think carefully if continuing to smoke brings you some kind of benefit for you and your child.
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