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Alcohol and breastfeeding

ok so my baby is due in nov and i turn 21 in feb i want to go out to a bar and have a few drinks with my hubby but im planning on bf the baby, so i was wondering has anyone bought and used those breastmilk strips to detcet if thier is any alcohol in your breastmilk? are the accurate, were they easy to use, did you like useing them?? any info you know of would b helpful. i dont go back to the ob til the 1st of july and ill ask her then but im wondering what your thoughts are?


Asked by rachel216 at 9:46 AM on Jun. 9, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • The one time I drank while nursing I pumped and dumped 2 feedings to make sure. I couldn't see wasting the money.

    Answer by coala at 9:49 AM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • pump and dump...before your bday pump and store some extra milk. you should be fine. don't waste your $$ on the strips.

    Answer by mkdirector2011 at 9:59 AM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • I keep getting.voted down but here is what is on that link no one looked at:
    The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs classifies alcohol (ethanol) as a “Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding.” The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding notes: "Breastfeeding mothers should avoid the use of alcoholic beverages, because alcohol is concentrated in breast milk and its use can inhibit milk production. An occasional celebratory single, small alcoholic drink is acceptable, but breastfeeding should be avoided for 2 hours after the drink"
    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

    Answer by But_Mommie at 10:09 AM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • Ack, there is so much bad breastfeeding advice around here. No wonder so many women have a hard time doing it.

    Pump and dump does nothing except relieve the pressure in your breasts. Alcohol leaves your breast milk the same way it leaves your blood. If while you are drinking you become engorged and need to relieve the pressure, that is when you pump and dump.

    You are perfectly safe to bf with a killer hangover. You may not enjoy it, but it is perfectly safe for your child. Keep in mind a hangover is usually a sign of dehydration, which isn't a good thing when bfing.

    Safe to drive safe to nurse, and not safe to drive as in "I will be oooook" Safe to drive as in  you would pass a breathelizer test, and those limits are a lot lower than some people realize.


    Answer by Candi1024 at 10:32 AM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • 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.

    Always keep in mind the baby's age when considering the effect of alcohol. A newborn has a very immature liver, so minute amounts of alcohol would be more of a burden. Up until around 3 months of age, infants detoxify alcohol at around half the rate of an adult. An older baby or toddler can metabolize the alcohol more quickly.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 10:10 AM on Jun. 9, 2011


    If you are sobor enough to drive you are sober enough to breast feed.  I would not make a habit of drinking though until your LO is weaned.  alcohol is dehydrtaing and dehydration is not good for supply.


    Answer by But_Mommie at 9:50 AM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • Even though she got voted down, But_mommie is right. There is NO reason to pump and dump. The alcohol isn't going to stay in your milk longer than it does in the rest of your body. If you aren't comfortable with the idea, pump before you go out enough to feed the baby later.

    Answer by Nicoles2LilRams at 10:00 AM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • Alcohol is washed from your body at the rate of 1 drink per hour. In other words you could drink all night long and as long as you had only 1 drink an hour, you would never become drunk. If you are planning on getting drunk, I would avoid bf for that night, but having a couple of drinks is not going to hurt.

    Answer by attap5 at 10:29 AM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • im not much of a drinker to begin with and i dont want to go out everynight or once a week or anything like that. i just want to go at least the one time and see wat its like...ty for the info..

    Comment by rachel216 (original poster) at 9:57 AM on Jun. 9, 2011

  • I totally understand wanting to celebrate being legal to buy! :0) have fun.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 9:59 AM on Jun. 9, 2011