Is smoking while breastfeeding safe?

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Smoking while breastfeeding is not recommended. Nicotine can get into breast milk, but the breast milk itself can provide protection from the nicotine. Also, a woman who smokes while she breastfeeds may have a smaller milk supply for her baby, meaning the smoking causes her body to not produce milk fast enough or in high quantities. Babies of smoking and breastfeeding moms also seem to want to wean sooner than babies drinking milk from non-smoking moms.
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