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can babies tast alcohol i breast milk

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Asked by shaquala84 at 7:35 PM on Apr. 20, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I am not sure if they can taste alcohol in the breast milk but I do know that it is not good to drink will breast feeding. They can feel the effects from the alcohol!

    Answer by Sbahns at 7:38 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Its been a long time since I was in LLL.... but if I remember right, alcohol leaves your milk at the same rate that it leaves your blood stream. So, if you are drinking you shouldn't nurse at the same time. Pump ahead and give the milk in a bottle.... if you need to pump and dump during your drinking binge to maintain your supply, then definitely do the "dump" part.... Check La Leche League website for more information on Alcohol and breast milk.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:39 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • it is safe to drink while breastfeeding,u can have 2 and nurse but if plan to drink more feed ur baby befor,its its been 4 hours or more after u drink its safe to nurse

    Answer by angelairelan at 7:41 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • La Leche League's THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING (p. 328) says:

    The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother ingests. When the breastfeeding mother drinks occasionally or limits her consumption to one drink or less per day, the amount of alcohol her baby recieves has not been proven to be harmful.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:48 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs considers alcohol compatible with breastfeeding. It lists possible side effects if consumed in large amounts, including: drowsiness, deep sleep, weakness, and abnormal weight gain in the infant, and the possiblity of decreased milk-ejection reflex in the mother. The drug transfer table is available at;108/3/776/T6 and the full text of The Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk can be found at;108/3/776

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:49 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • i didn't breastfeed, my BF did, and she said that for every drink, either 1 beer, or 1 shot, she would have to wait 2 hours before feeding. she said mostly if she knew she wanted to drink a couple of drinks she would pump early that day and keep it for that night and then pump and throw away once or twice until she nursed again.

    Answer by tatmum at 7:58 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • 1 and nurse not 2.....

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:59 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Dunno if they can taste it or not, but 1 drink/shot/beer is safe and they have testing strips at babiesrus that test your milk for safty. I know I drank 1 glass of wine once and tested and it was safe, but then one night drank one mikes lemonade and it was over limit, so be careful with liquors.


    Answer by lvnmygrlz at 8:22 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • the average person takes around 3 hours for alcohol to come out of breast milk per drink but alot depends on persons size etc. pumping and dumping do no good unless its soley to keep up milk supply but hard alcohol 1 shot i think can stay in your system up to 13 hours ... check le leache league site for more info i think the strip suggestion and pumping before hand are good suggestions so then you know what the baby is getting

    Answer by atowne at 9:12 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • by the way you are typing it seems as tho you are currently drinking. i would advise against BFing if you want to party. it could drastically hurt your baby. Friends dont let Friends Drink and BreastFeed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:28 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

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