BabyFit Sponsors help keep the site free!


Featured Article
Breastfeeding: Heart-Healthy for Mom
Breastfeeding: Heart-Healthy for Mom
If you're looking for another good reason to breastfeed, add heart health to the extensive list of benefits. 

MessageBoard Hot Topics
Top Searches
Featured Recipe

Fruit Crisp

This baked fruit is oozing with juices and topped with crunchy oats


Breastfeeding: Frequently Asked Questions

How? Why? When?
-- By Becky Hand, Registered and Licensed Dietician

Can I smoke cigarettes and still breastfeed?
Nicotine does pass into the breast milk. If you smoke and want to breastfeed, the best thing you can do for you and your baby is to quit smoking. If you choose not to quit smoking, you should still opt for breastfeeding. Substances in the breast milk will protect your baby, to some extent, from some of the dangers of secondhand smoke. Try to cut back and smoke fewer cigarettes. Smoke lower-nicotine brands of cigarettes. Feed your baby at least 95 minutes after your last cigarette, so there will be less nicotine in your breast milk when your baby latches on. Do not smoke while you are nursing. Never smoke in the presence of your child. Smoking around your child greatly increases the risk of respiratory problems and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

I have small breasts, can I still breastfeed?
Breast size, small or large, makes no difference in the success of breastfeeding or the volume of milk production. Breast size depends on the amount of fat and fibrous tissue, not the amount of glandular tissue.

Will the bonding process with my baby be stronger if I breastfeed?
When done properly, either method, breast or bottle, can provide the adequate nourishment and strong emotional bond that growing babies need. The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. It takes into account the mother's lifestyle, economic situation, and cultural beliefs. If you aren't sure which approach to use, start with breastfeeding. If it isn't right for you, then switch to bottle-feeding. Starting with a bottle, and then trying to breastfeed later is very difficult.

Page 1 of 5Next Page  

Member Comments About this Article
"A well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats and proteins and low fat or fat free dairy. Here is some additional information about Breastfeeding Newborns: Irritants & Allergies that may also help.
" -- TONKA_14
"I don't think any question is ridiculous to ask, that new mother had a concern and wanted to find out the answer. To bash someone for a legitimate question is actually ridiculous. Second of all, smoking while breastfeeding and even drinking while breastfeeding is not warned against all over the place....doing those two things while pregnant is however a warning everywhere. I don't believe this mother was asking if sitting there breastfeeding while puffing was a good idea, I'm sure she's sensible..." -- WACKLIS
Report Inappropriate Comment

About The Author
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
Becky Hand


Sponsors help keep BabyFit free!
Visit SparkPeople for Free Online Diet Plan
Tell your company about SparkPeople Corporate Wellness

BabyFit, BabyPoints, BabyPages and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
BABYFIT is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.