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After you have the baby..

When can you drink again? I have been craving a Vodka rebull so bad.... She is due on the 27th. And i think im going to give breastfeeding a try... You cant drink if you breastfeed though right?
How long should you breastfeed for?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:56 PM on Aug. 18, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • No drinking while breastfeeding. It's ideal to do it at least until 6 months, but anything will do.

    Answer by amberdawnbarr at 8:57 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • The World Health Organization, operating without the influences of the dairy, formula and porn industries (unlike American doctors) recommends breastfeeding for a minimum of 24 months

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:02 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • 24 months...? I.D.T.S.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • i completely disagree with the first poster. you CAN drink and breastfeed, you just have to take care.

    this site has a lot of great information. that particular page tells about drinking alcohol and breastfeeding. you will want to wait a few hours after drinking to nurse. i think it would be really hard to drink in the beginning because you will be exhausted and caring for your baby pretty much 24/7! read that site and you should be fine. :D


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:32 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • Drinking while nursing is a heated debate in a lot of places. If you're scared or worried you can buy strips that will tell you if there is alcohol in your breastmilk and then "pump and dump" the alcohol-laced breastmilk.

    Most mamas I know had a glass of wine or one drink now and then during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It's just not seen as a big deal because of how little flows from mama to baby...but you have to do what is right for you and your little one :)

    Answer by AtypicalVA at 11:56 PM on Aug. 18, 2009

  • I am a lactation specialist, and this is what they taught us in my course- if YOU can feel the effects of alcohol, then it's in your milk. With the caffeine, the younger your baby is, the harder it is for them to process it. For example, it takes a 2 week old 90 hours to break down caffeine, versus a 6 month old, for whom it takes 2.5 hours. So think about the cumulative effects in a younger baby if you have caffeine frequently.
    I'd say, it's okay to have one once in awhile, and maybe two (or even three) once your baby is older. Pump and dump does nothing. Your body will flush it out of the milk the same way it does your blood.
    The best way (as weird as this sounds and looks) to have a drink and nurse is to do so at the same time. Have your drink while nursing, because by the time that the alcohol is in your blood, your baby will be done nursing, and won't nurse again until the alcohol has gotten out of your system.

    Answer by musicpisces at 1:16 AM on Aug. 19, 2009

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