Alcohol and Breastfeeding

There are many articles and opinions on the consumption of alcohol when breastfeeding.  Often new moms are confused by the discussion.  Many say no alcohol at all.  Scientific research says a little is OK.  Your pediatrician my have another opinion.  This is one of those areas where you have to decide for yourself what you think is best for you and your baby.  Below are articles from several sources discussing this topic.

Personally I believe those who are saying no alcohol at all are doing so because of the danger of a mom not understanding her own situation with alcohol.  Drinking alone as a new mom is not a good thing.  Drinking strong alcohol is not good, you need to be aware of your self and your baby.  If you have any tendencies toward over drinking, if you have ever had a problem with drinking, if you are unable to control your drinking my recommendation is stay 100% away from any alcohol.  The risks are not worth a drink.  For alcoholics their ability to discern their own desire or need for alcohol is skewed.  If you think you might be in this category please do not drink.  Please seek help.  Please be honest with yourself, this is really tough to do.  Out of love and concern for your baby do not allow yourself to get into trouble.

Being a new mommy is the most wonderful thing.  Having a precious little one to love and care for is an incredible joy.  It is also exhausting and stressful.  Alcohol is not a way to deal with this stress.

If you and your family enjoy a small glass of wine with dinner as a relaxing and social time science would say that is OK.  You are in the company of others so you will tend not to over drink.  Your baby will not be alone.  The risks to you and your baby are low.  Again, this is if you are being honest with yourself and do not have a drinking problem.

My personal recommendation would be wine only and in small amounts: one small glass per day.    Strong drink impairs your ability to function.  You have to be at 100% to take care of yourself and your little one.  I would never recommend drinking alone, only in a social situation where there are others present.  Read the articles below and share any you have found.  This is a controversial topic.  We can all learn more as we go.

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Generally, moderate alcohol consumption by a breastfeeding mother (up to 1 standard drink per day) is not known to be harmful to the infant, especially if the mother waits at least 2 hours after a single drink before nursing.

Anything you eat or drink while you’re breastfeeding can find its way into your breast milk, and that includes alcohol. An occasional drink is unlikely to harm your breastfedbaby. … To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, it’s safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.


Breastfeeding and drinking alcohol-Your pregnancy and baby guide



Not drinking alcohol is the safest option for breastfeeding mothers. However, moderate alcohol consumption (up to 1 drink/day) is not known to be harmful to the infant.


Breastfeeding and Alcohol

By Kelly Bonyata, IBCLC






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