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pump and dump

I had a baby 4 weeks ago and for the holidays i really want to have a glass of wine for dinner, i am BF and how do i pump n dump.

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Asked by newmom092009 at 7:26 PM on Oct. 21, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You either do that or put your baby first and have your wine. Some on here will tell you that if you're okay to drive, you're okay to breastfeed.

    The length of time you should pump and dump depends on your source. Some say a feeding, some say not at all, some say 12 hours, some say 4 hours (I've seen them all)

    Suffice to say the safest way to make sure the baby doesn't get any alcohol is to not drink any.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:32 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • You don't! There is absolutely no reason to pump and dump UNLESS you are tipsy and missing a feeding. Pump and dump to keep up supply but as far as getting the alcohol "out" that is an old wives tale. Alcohol leaves milk as it does your blood (there is no need for a transfusion). The rule of thumb is too drunk to drive too drunk to breastfeed. Enjoy your glass of wine right after baby's feeding and you should be all set by the next feeding.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:35 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • No need. Have your wine. ONE GLASS is fine. Stinking drunk is not. No need to pump and dump UNLESS you are stinking drunk and need relief.

    That's straight form the nation's leading expert on meds and mother's milk.

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:38 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • I think that if you are only planning on ONE glass of wine, just be sure to feed your baby first, then give him a bottle for the next feeding while you use the breast pump to extract as much as you can. Dump it down the drain, and you can probably safely feed your baby again for the next feeding....If you want to drink significant more than ONE drink, ask your pediatrician. He will not think you are a "bad mom", he will respect that you want the very best for your baby =)


    Answer by christyg at 7:39 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • I will never understand the argument that ensues about drinking and breastfeeding. As a breastfeeding mother we are constantly adhering and touting the facts about breastfeeding and quoting medical journal after medical journal. Not one of the breastfeeding resources you will run into will tell you you can't drink responsibly while breastfeeding.  Why make it harder then it has to be and go against all the advice from the amazing doctors that we quote time and time again?

    As one of the leading doctors in the breastfeeding fields says "Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all. As is the case with most drugs, very little alcohol comes out in the milk. The mother can take some alcohol and continue breastfeeding as she normally does. Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers."


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:43 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • You don't...sober to drive sober to nurse...your body filters the alcohol out of your BM if you don't overdo it

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 7:47 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • One glass of wine will not hurt your baby.

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:30 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Like pretty much everyone on here has said, there's no need to pump and dump. If you have alcohol in your blood, you have alcohol in your milk. Once it's out of your blood, it's also out of your milk. Even if you pump and dump, if you have alcohol in your blood you will have alcohol in your milk. Having an occassional glass of wine is not going to hurt the baby...just make sure you know when to stop or have a back up bottle (pump beforehand) if a glass turns into a few. Otherwise enjoy!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • have a glass i had 1/2 a beer when ds was 3 wks and no problem. i did get super engorged

    Answer by piwife at 10:16 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Nurse child and then have your wine. It should be out of your system by the time the next feeding comes around. If you plan on getting falling down drunk then you should probably pump and dump and find someone else to watch the child. They also make little strips that you dip in some expressed milk to see the alcohol content I saw advertised somewhere, but can't remember the name of them.

    Answer by aeneva at 10:07 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

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