Just as during pregnancy, smoking whilst breastfeeding your baby is not advised. Chemicals contained within cigarettes have been shown to be present in breast milk and therefore will be passed to your baby so the safest thing to do would be to stop or at least abstain from smoking whilst you are breastfeeding.
However, don't stop breastfeeding if you are finding it hard to quit. NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) is safe to use whilst you are breastfeeding and a lot safer than smoking.
If either you or your partner choose to continue to smoke never smoke around your baby and keep your home and car smoke free. Secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of cot death.
Visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/social_care_and_health/health_advice/healthy_living/stop_smoking.aspx for more information on quitting.
Visit for more information on quitting.
Just as with smoking, alcohol will pass through into your breastmilk. However, unlike smoking the occasional drink is unlikely to harm you or your baby. Although it may affect the feeding behaviours of your baby.
If you enjoy a drink try to limit this to no more than 1-2 units once or twice a week. It is not recommended that you get drunk whilst you are caring for your baby - whether or not you are breastfeeding. If you fall asleep after over indulging you are seriously putting your baby at risk.
For more information on alcohol, units and the risks of drinking visit www.drinkaware.co.uk For further information on alcohol and breastfeeding simply search "breastfeeding" on the Drinkaware website or visit NHS Choices.