Is it safe to quit smoking while breastfeeding?

May 4, 2010

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I would love to quit smoking for my children’s sake and mine. But I’ve had so much trouble with it before (cold turkey that is) heart palpitations tremors mood swings dizziness etc. And I was thinking of using an aid to help me quit such as the patch or gum , I seen my doctor about this before and she said it was ok to use an aid to help me quit but then shortly after I found out I was pregnant and I know I’m horrible for not quitting then and there but I just finds it too hard. Anyways I would love to quit smoking before my daughter is old enough to see me smoking I feel so bad that my 4 year old son has had to see me. I just don’t want to do it anymore and the money spent on it is crazy. So my question is , is it safe to use a quitting aid to quit smoking while breastfeeding. Please I know how wrong it is to be smoking while pregnant and breastfeeding but please no bad comments. Friendly answers and solutions because I feel bad already about it.


1 Jack May 4, 2010 at 12:32 am

I would think that quitting now would be good.

2 Couman May 4, 2010 at 1:05 am

Okay, I’m not a doctor, but common sense tells me that since a “quiting aid” delivers less nicotine than cigarettes, it might not be SAFE but it’s safeR than continuing to smoke.

But you should still quit completely as soon as possible if you intend to keep breast feeding.

3 Manda Panda May 4, 2010 at 1:40 am

My cousin is a pediatrician~ she told me to cut the smallest dose “patch” in half and use that. A cig stays in your milk for an hour and a half, so I used to pump- save for when you’ve had a cig, and then pump and dump after.
In the words of my cousin, “there are some chemicals in the patch, but thousands of deadly ones in a cigarette”
Good luck, and good for you!!

4 Gaylen May 4, 2010 at 2:25 am

First off, I am not a medical doctor, I am a physicist. However, please believe me when I tell you that using a nicotine patch or gum to quit smoking will add far less toxins to your system than smoking cigarettes.

5 Johnny May 4, 2010 at 2:32 am

Now that you’ve Convinced yourself that it is best for your Kids, and will ultimately be best for you, Quitting smoking at ANYTIME :o) is always GOOD for you, your Kids will be Proud of you as their Health Shines. Be Well!

6 Doodlestuff May 4, 2010 at 2:36 am

I think an aid is helpful to quit smoking and safe while you are breastfeeding. I would also look at various sites about quitting smoking to find what other steps you can use to apply to your attempts. Don’t rely on just one thing. Don’t beat yourself up. It takes the average smoker 7-9 true attempts to stop smoking. Some are very addicted because nicotine fills a serotonin slot in their brain. If you have such bad withdrawal symptoms, likely this is your issue as well.

I was never heavily addicted to the nicotine, but the HABIT. Over 3 weeks, I eliminated many places where I smoked until I was left with only my TV chair. That was the last place where I eliminated smoking and haven’t had a cigarette since. I will tell you that I had to give up coffee for 2 or 3 months (always smoked with a cup) and switched to tea. I had to give up all alcohol for 2 years because every time I smelled it, I wanted a cigarette. You may find you need to swap out things to adjust too.

A month after quitting, I started putting the money I would have spent on cigarettes in a jar. By the end of the year, I bought a new TV chair. I have gone to Oregon, Florida, California (twice) and London using money from my quit-smoking fund. I eliminated the fund after about 6 years, but it really showed me how much I was losing by spending all that money on a useless habit. And that was when cigarettes cost $1.75 a pack!

7 iluvwrigley May 4, 2010 at 3:08 am

First of all pat yourself on the back for making the first step! Though smoking and quiting aids are not best while breastfeeding it is much better for you and your baby to use them and breastfeed than to not breastfeed at all! Breastfeeding is best! As a CLC I believe it is safe to use anti-smoking aids while pregnant. Research has shown that the patch is the best aid for breastfeeding mothers, make sure you DO NOT smoke while on the patch.

FOr more information, check out this website.

Congratulations on making this big step for the health of you and your children!!!!

8 victoria May 4, 2010 at 3:18 am

Have you seen the e-cigarettes? They give you nicotene with a vapor mist, no chemicals and the sell cartridges with a step-down program. It tastes quite a bit like the real thing and you can cut down gradually and even when you hit zero nicotene it can taste the same as it did with the full nicotene. No smoke either so thats better for everyone. Just a thought. Good luck!

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