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Breastfeeding and Drinking

is it harmful to breast feed and have a drink of alcohal for new years ?

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Asked by Mommy2Be1212009 at 11:33 AM on Dec. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • my doctor told me to pump and toss the feeding that was scheduled after drinking the alcohol. it is not safe for the baby and the alcohold does pass through the milk.

    Answer by alejandra559 at 11:57 AM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • pumping and dumping is a myth, the alchol has to filter out of your milk just like it does your blood. So you can have A drink and bf or the general rule is 1 drink one hour, so wait an hour before bfing. if you can you may just want to pump a bottle and have that ready.

    Answer by gypsymama532 at 12:15 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • gypsy mama is right....If your drunk and pump and dump its still not safe to BF. Its not safe until your liver has cleaned the alcohol from your body. Just pump some beforehand....and don't have more than 2 drinks. Nurse your baby right before you have a drink and than use the pumped milk at the next the time the baby is hungry again your body should be clean.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:30 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • There is no need to pump and dump. The alcohol leaves your breastmilk as it leaves your blood. So basically, whatever your blood alcohol level is is the level of alcohol there is actually in your milk. One drink is absolutely fine. The basic rule of thumb is that if you are ok to drive you are ok to nurse.

     Dr. Jack Newman, member of the LLLI Health Advisory Council, says this in his handout "More Breastfeeding Myths":

    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 PhilsBabyMama at 1:40 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • You can breastfeed if you have a drink or two. If would be more dangerous to give your milk in a bottle and risk messing up breastfeeding. Alcohol is not contraindicated for breastfeeding mothers. It is not on the American Academy of Pediatrics list of things breastfeeding mothers shouldn't do.

    Of course it's best not to drink a lot or to drink frequently. It's not good for any mother to do that. Some babies may not like the taste of the milk after you have been drinking.

    It used to be recommended that women drink to increase their milk supply!

    Here is what LLL has to say. Remember, LLL is a conservative org.

    Answer by Gailll at 1:49 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • Yep, you're fine. The 1st answer is mistaken. Have fun!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • Generally, legally safe to drive = safe to nurse. My rule is 1-2 drinks, go ahead and nurse. Any more then that, wait 2-3 hrs PER DRINK before nursing again. Pump only if you need to in order to keep up supply or relieve engorgement. Pumping does not make the alcohol leave your milk any faster. It leaves your milk in the same manner/time that it leaves your bloodstream. Basically, if you're not going to get crocked, you should be able to nurse. If you're drunk, wait until you sober up before nursing again.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:12 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

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