Drinking alcohol during breast feeding


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It takes one to two hours for a unit of alcohol a small glass of wine, or half a pint of ordinary-strength beer to clear from a mother's blood. Research has also shown that alcohol can reduce the amount of milk breastfeeding women produce. This may be due to alcohol disrupting the hormones that control the production of breast milk. Breastfeeding consultant and former maternity nurse, Geraldine Miskin, suggests that mothers who do want a drink could have one with a meal shortly after a feed, so there is time to process the alcohol before baby needs to feed again.

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Breastfeeding mums rejoice! You can drink alcohol (Christmas or no Christmas)

Erin Manchuk is contributing editor for Lifeofdrmom. Is it safe to drink alcohol and breastfeed? As physicians, we have always cautioned patients not to. As mothers, we look forward to the occasional glass of wine.

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while breast-feeding?

Drinking beer does not increase your milk supply, as urban myth s suggests. Consuming alcohol of any kind may decrease the amount of milk your baby drinks. Breastfeeding your baby while consuming alcohol can pose a risk to your infant if he or she consumes breast milk with alcohol.

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In general, if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. 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. One study suggests that lactating women may metabolize alcohol more quickly compared to non-lactating women Pepino et al