Smoking and Breastfeeding

As a mother, I want to give the best nutritional food to my baby. Breastfeeding is known to be the healthiest for a baby. Health Canada recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and breastfeeding has many benefits to the baby, mother and society.  I have been exclusively breastfeeding my baby boy since birth. I enjoy the bonding breastfeeding provides for our relationship. However, since I have been having a couple of cigarettes daily, will this affect my baby? Continue reading

How Will I Stay Smoke-Free After My Pregnancy?

I am eight months pregnant….and I am due to have my baby in a month. I am so excited to be a mother and start this new stage in my life. As a mother, I do not want to smoke in front of my children. I do believe in the common saying “Monkey See and Monkey do”. I am my child’s role model and my child will look up to me. Unfortunately, even though I know I don’t want to smoke, I have been investigating ways of smoking after the baby is born. Continue reading

Welcoming a new baby girl

I recently gave birth to my second daughter via c-section and during the days leading up to her arrival I was very nervous about the effects that my smoking would cause her. Luckily, my smoking during pregnancy did not cause either of my children to have any health problems, but some woman aren’t so lucky. My mother was a smoker, a heavy smoker at that while she was pregnant with me many years ago. I was born premature and was in the hospital for several weeks after my birth with respiratory problems. Throughout my childhood I was in and out of the hospital (usually due to my asthma). My mom was able to quit the habit when I was about 4 years old and thankfully I was able to pretty much grow out of the asthma and respiratory problems I once faced. I would be lying if I didn’t admit how scared I am that my child is going to face the same issues when she is born, so I will continue to try my hardest to cut back and kick the habit for good. Continue reading