If you smoke, the best thing for you and your baby is to quit. Ask a provider or nurse for help quitting smoking! If you can’t quit, it is still better for baby to breastfeed. Breastfeeding may protect your baby from SIDS and other health problems. Be sure to smoke away from your baby, and change your clothes to keep your baby away from the chemicals in cigarette smoke.
Try to stay away from alcohol. If you do drink, the American Academy of Pediatrics says you should wait 2 hours or more before you breastfeed. You can also pump milk before you drink to feed your baby later.
Illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, and PCP can harm your baby. Side effects in babies include seizures, vomiting, poor feeding, and tremors.