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New Mom Hillary Duff Caught With Cigarette After Pub Visit

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A photographer caught former tween starlet Hillary Duff smoking outside of Rock N Reilly's, a pub right in the heart of the Sunset Strip.Photo agency Pacific Coast News noted, "While the new mother of baby Luca has been seen all over Los Angeles working off her baby weight through Pilates and healthy eating, could she be trying to curb her appetite with smoking?" But we ask a bigger question: Since Duff has been outspoken about breastfeeding her baby, should she be smoking?

According to La Leche League International (the "Teat Nazis," as Tina Fey might call them), "If a mother smokes cigarettes, her baby can still enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding. But the more cigarettes a mother smokes, the greater the health risks for both her and her baby- whether he is breastfed or bottle-fed." Apparently, as long as the "mother smokes fewer than twenty cigarettes a day, the risks to her baby from the nicotine in her milk are small." So...puff away in moderation?

However, LLLI points to studies where maternal smoking has been "linked to early weaning, lowered milk production, and inhibition of the milk ejection ('let-down') reflex," and and where "40% of babies breastfed by smokers were rated as colicky (two to three hours of 'excessive' crying) as compared with 26% of babies breastfed by nonsmokers."

Funnily enough, recently Duff was asked about Time's breastfeeding mom cover and she said that while she supports mothers' rights to breastfeed anywhere (even LACMA), she said she would be discreet about it and probably wouldn't breastfeed in an "extremely public place... I have a different life where everyone's staring at me and where everyone's watching me and trying to take my picture... I'd probably be as discreet as I could."

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