Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline
Are you Pregnant or Thinking about Becoming Pregnant?
Do you currently use tobacco daily or occasionally? Or did you quit recently?
There are many benefits to quitting smoking at this time. Consider what steps you can take.
Even if you smoke, breastfeeding is still the healthiest choice. Smoking affects breastfeeding. Nicotine from cigarettes passes into breastmilk. It may reduce your milk supply and lower the fat content. You can lessen the amount of nicotine that passes into your breastmilk by reducing smoking as much as possible.
Here are some tips:
Many women may start smoking again after having a baby.
Some reasons for this may be:
Make a list of who you think can be a good support to you and how they might be able to help (for ex. family, friends, your healthcare provider).
Don’t forget, the Smokers’ Helpline is there to help you as well. Reach out for some extra support including lots of quit tips & words of encouragement!
More support online:
The information on this page has been taken from the “Smoke-Free Mom & Me Support Book”, developed through the Helping Women Live Smoke-Free Initiative, an initiative of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the NL Alliance for the Control of Tobacco. This initiative supports Family Resource Centers (Healthy Baby Clubs) to address tobacco use with pregnant and post-partum women.
This booklet, developed using the 5 A’s (Ask, Advise, Assist, Assess and Arrange) approach to quitting, will help you to begin the conversation with a pregnant woman towards making changes to her smoking and guide and support her progress.