Exposure to high levels of nicotine through breast milk can potentially cause nicotine dependence and nicotine poisoning in babies. The symptoms of nicotine poisoning are rare and occur in babies who are exposed to a lot of smoke.
How does nicotine in breast milk affect a baby?
Babies exposed to smoke via breast-feeding are more susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and the development of allergy-related diseases like asthma. Nicotine present in breast milk can lead to behavioral changes in a baby like crying more than usual.
How much nicotine does a baby get from breast milk?
Dose Delivered to Infants
Taking into account the body weight of each infant, the estimated dose of nicotine delivered to the infants increased significantly from 127.1 ± 59.8 ng/kg during the nonsmoking test session to 548.9 ± 233.0 ng/kg during the test session in which the mothers had smoked recently (P = .
Can babies go through nicotine withdrawal from breastfeeding?
Additionally, the breastfed infants of smoking mothers can exhibit sleep and waking pattern alterations and neonatal nicotine withdrawal syndrome (11, 12). Maternal tobacco smoking exposes breastfed infants not only to nicotine but also to toxic xenobiotics and pyrolysis products of cigarette smoke (13).
How long does nicotine stay in breastmilk after smoking?
In fact, nicotine (and its metabolite cotinine) peaks in breast milk 30 minutes after smoking a cigarette, and nicotine’s half-life in breast milk is approximately two hours. This means it’s better to have a cigarette immediately after breastfeeding than directly before nursing if you are going to smoke.
Can I smoke 1 cigarette while breastfeeding?
If you continue to smoke when you are breastfeeding, wait to have a cigarette until after you have completed a feeding. You might be advised to wait at least three to four hours before breastfeeding again–even if it means that you have to pump and dump (where you express and discard some breastmilk).
Can babies get high from breastfeeding?
The short answer is “no” — and here’s why. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), data on the effects of exposing infants to weed via breast milk is lacking.