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New Moms Should Quit Smoking

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 12:30

Mothers who breastfeed should not smoke, say researchers in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The study enrolled 507 infants whose mothers smoked. According to researchers, urinary levels of cotinine fumarate - a byproduct of cigarette smoke - were 5 times higher in breast-fed newborns, compared with babies who were not breast-fed.  The presence of this chemical suggests an increased risk of nicotine addiction and respiratory disease, experts explain. Because breastfeeding protects against various diseases, the study's authors urge mothers who smoke to kick the habit, rather than discontinue breastfeeding.


Becker AB, Manfreda J, Ferguson AC, Dimich-Ward H, Watson WTA, Chan-Yeung M   Breast-feeding and environmental tobacco smoke exposure   Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 1999 (Jul);   153 (7):   689-691