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i drank 1 margarita last friday when can breat feed again?

when is it ok to start breastfeeding aftr youve drank?

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Asked by MRIOSGRL09 at 1:31 AM on Aug. 22, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • you should be fine by now if youve pumped and dumped... but to be sure they sell alcohol swabs for your milk to see if you still have it in you

    Answer by joycegina at 1:32 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • it depends on how much you drank
    1beer=1shot liquor=1glass of wine
    so I'd honestly wait a couple hours for every beer. So for a Margarita I had at night I'd probably BF again the next morning, or early that morning at some point. that's just me, some people are super lax about it, others super strict

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 1:34 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • for just 1drink...i think its about 24hours

    Answer by TezMoM at 1:37 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • Ditto on the 24 hour rule.

    Answer by chocaholic888 at 1:59 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • I've heard if you're ok to drive you're ok to nurse, but since that's so subjective I would wait a little while. One margarita shouldn't take more than 24 hours to process out completely.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 2:04 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • "In general, if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk. Alcohol peaks in mom's blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking (but there is considerable variation from person to person, depending upon how much food was eaten in the same time period, mom's body weight and percentage of body fat, etc.). Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels."

    I have NEVER heard anything about a 24 hour "rule" forone drink.


    Answer by Cassieniccole at 2:08 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • Also:

    La Leche League's The Breastfeeding Answer Book (pp. 597-598) says:

    Alcohol passes freely into mother's milk and has been found to peak about 30 to 60 minutes after consumption, 60 to 90 minutes when taken with food. Alcohol also freely passes out of a mother's milk and her system. It takes a 120 pound woman about two to three hours to eliminate from her body the alcohol in one serving of beer or wine...the more alcohol that is consumed, the longer it takes for it to be eliminated. It takes up to 13 hours for a 120 pound woman to eliminate the alcohol from one high-alcohol drink. The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother consumes.


    Answer by Cassieniccole at 2:08 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • And Lastly, Pumping and Dumping does nothing but waste milk. When your body metabolises the alcohol it will naturally eliminate it from your milk and it is perfectly safe to nurse.

    "What happens to the alcohol in the breastmilk? Do you need to pump and dump? The milk-alcohol level will be based on your blood-alcohol level. As your body metabolizes the excess alcohol and the blood alcohol slowly decreases, so will the milk level. You generally don’t have to pump and dump, unless you need to prevent engorgement. When the effects of the alcohol have worn off, then it is fine to nurse again."


    Answer by Cassieniccole at 2:12 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • yeah swabs

    Answer by san78 at 9:17 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • 1 drink is fine... you don't have to wait any length of time to breastfeed again, and you don't need to pump and dump.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 9:34 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

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