Smoking near your baby is harmful and can increase the risk of ‘cot death’. Giving up smoking is the single most effective thing you can do to improve yourself and your baby’s health. If you stop smoking while you are breastfeeding this will benefit you and your baby. If you would like help giving up then click here for support in your area.
It is still worth breastfeeding even if you continue to smoke but try to restrict smoking until after you have fed your baby to minimise the amount of nicotine that reaches your blood stream. Nicotine passes into breast milk and can reduce your milk supply and cause colic.