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Nicorette Lozenge and Breastfeeding

It is probably safer to use the Nicorette Lozenge (nicotine lozenge) than to smoke cigarettes while breastfeeding. However, the nicotine in the Nicorette Lozenge does pass through breast milk and is harmful to a nursing infant. If you decide to use this product while nursing, make sure to watch for any problems in your child, such as vomiting, difficulty feeding, or excessive crying.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use the Nicorette Lozenge?

The active ingredient in the Nicorette® Lozenge (nicotine lozenge) passes through breast milk in humans. However, it may be safer to use this product than to smoke a cigarette while nursing. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before using the Nicorette Lozenge.

What Does the Research Say?

Nicotine, the active ingredient in the Nicorette Lozenge, is known to pass through human breast milk and is harmful to a nursing infant. It can increase the infant's heart rate and may increase the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The Nicorette Lozenge has not been studied in breastfeeding women. However, the amount of nicotine found in the breast milk of a woman who uses this product would likely depend on the number of lozenges used each day.
Nicorette Lozenges are believed to be safer than cigarette smoking. Smoking while breastfeeding exposes a nursing infant to nicotine in the breast milk, as well as the harmful effects of the toxins and smoke when the baby breathes in secondhand smoke.
It is generally recommended that women first try to stop smoking without using nicotine replacement products, including Nicorette Lozenges. Quitting smoking is extremely difficult to do, however, and medications such as the Nicorette Lozenge may help. Keep in mind, too, that there are many medications that can help people quit smoking (see Nicorette Lozenge Alternatives). Talk to your healthcare provider about all of your available options.
If your healthcare provider recommends using Nicorette Lozenges while breastfeeding, watch for any problems in your nursing infant. Contact your child's healthcare provider immediately if your child experiences any of the following symptoms:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive or abnormal crying
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Anything else that just does not seem right.
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