Smoking

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Wed, 03-17-2010 - 4:00pm
I know that we talked about this in our EC, but I wanted to bring it up again because I have been getting the very strong urge to smoke again! I was a smoker before I had my first daughter and picked it back up when she was about a month old. Now that Maloree is 9 weeks old I am feeling it pretty strong. I quit when I was pregnant with both kids. I dont like the fact of it smelling, I dont want the smell to be so strong on me while Im feeding my baby, I dont want it to be in my milk (even though I know its STILL better than formula), I dont want it to affect my supply, I dont want to have yellow teeth, I want to be healthy! I have not picked it back up again but I keep telling myself that one little puff here and there wont hurt. But I know deep down that it will. When I started back up after Morgan's birth I only had like one cigarette a day after she went to sleep then ran to take a shower in case she woke up to eat for months, then I worked my way up to a pack a week. Yeah, I know its not a "bad" habit to smoke a pack a week, but its still a bad habit that I dont want. I never smoked in front of my DD, or my
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Registered: 01-19-2009
In reply to: daswan55
Wed, 03-17-2010 - 6:58pm




Edited 3/17/2010 7:57 pm ET by amsrjw0810


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Registered: 10-03-2006
In reply to: daswan55
Wed, 03-17-2010 - 7:15pm

"First of all, a mom who can't stop smoking should breastfeed. Breastfeeding provides many immunities that help your baby fight illness and can even help counteract some of the effects of cigarette smoke on your baby: for example, breastfeeding has been shown to decrease the negative effects of cigarette smoke on a baby's lungs. It's definitely better if breastfeeding moms not smoke, but if you can't stop or cut down, then it is better to smoke and breastfeed than to smoke and formula feed." http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/smoking.html


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In reply to: daswan55
Wed, 03-17-2010 - 7:32pm
I think she means the effects of smoking on breastmilk vs formula.

Tessa


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Registered: 07-10-2009
In reply to: daswan55
Wed, 03-17-2010 - 7:46pm

Guess I was a little late getting my message posted to Amy.


Lacey..... smoking is a hard demon to battle.

Tessa


Mom to 6 kids and 3 angels!



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Registered: 01-19-2009
In reply to: daswan55
Wed, 03-17-2010 - 7:56pm
I didn't mean to upset you and I apologize. I took it the wrong way and thought you were saying a baby breathing smoke was better then them having formula. I also used to smoke and quit. I was never addicted and had no trouble quitting, but once I got pregnant (2 years after quitting) I craved it all the time. Like Tessa said, think of all the reasons you DON'T want to smoke. Also the method of distraction can be a great tool even for adults. Maybe pop in a movie, or read a book. Play a game with the kids if you can't get away. Once again, I am sorry for misunderstanding.






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Registered: 05-02-2006
In reply to: daswan55
Wed, 03-17-2010 - 9:27pm

Stick with your gut, and fight it!! I too quit while pregnant with all my babies, but have started up the day I gave birth with all of them. I admire your ability to stay smoke free for 9 weeks. I had my first cigarette aprox 3 hours after I gave birth to Lexi. I don't know why the urge gets so much stronger right after. I had no problem staying smoke free while pg. I don't smoke in the house, car, or anywhere my kids are, and it bothers me that they can smell it on me afterwards. I only smoke about 5 a day, but it is still too many in my eyes. My husband smokes too, and I find it so hard to not smoke, when he is.

I am in the same boat as you, only I am wanting to quit. So, I know totally how you feel. Please don't start back up. If you do slip up, know there is no shame in that. Just try again. Hugs.

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Registered: 02-22-2006
In reply to: daswan55
Wed, 03-17-2010 - 9:52pm
I'm not a smoker, but I just wanted to say, that I hope it gets easier for you! I think it's really awesome that you go to such lengths to keep the smoke and smell away from your babies :) My MIL is a smoker, and I know it must be killer to quit because she has cancer and still can't manage to kick the habit, even when it is so super detrimental to her health. Anyway, good luck with quitting!
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Registered: 07-10-2009
In reply to: daswan55
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 4:16am
I too have been a smoker... I have been a full time smoker, a non smoker, and a social smoker. I have quite every time I have been pregnant and usually didnt smoke again till I was able to go out and have drinks again. Thats when a few drags would turn into a few cigarettes here and there to me eventually buying a pack and having a few a day ( I too always kept clean and out of sight). This time Im sticking to my guns, I truely believe I can do it, I have dreams about smoking but I honestly think If you truly stick with it and dont want it to be apart of your life anymore then it wont be. Look how long you have gone without it, all you have been through without needing it to help you through, you can do it. Just remember how nasty it truely is and that may help ( and think of how you want to be a true roll model to ensure your kids will never pick up the habit ) kids are smart even when you try to hide it. The best of luck to you!!! Stay strong you can do it!!
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In reply to: daswan55
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 8:06am
You aren't kidding about how smart kids are about it!

Tessa


Mom to 6 kids and 3 angels!



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In reply to: daswan55
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 8:31am
I'm not a smoker either, but huge hugs to you for wanting to quit and sticking with it when you are having cravings...just take it one day at a time and remember all the reasons why you want to quit!
 
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