Breastfeeding and alcohol - what do you do?

(16 Posts)
LouiseD29 Sat 21-Sep-13 20:44:58

It's Saturday night and I'm gagging for a couple of glasses of wine, but I'm still fairly new to this breastfeeding lark and nervous about the impact it might have on my milk.

Interested to hear other people's views on how much they drink while bf'ing. What do you do?

5madthings Sat 21-Sep-13 20:46:30

its fine.to have a.drink.

look om kellymum for.info.

you.say you are.new.to.bfeeding? how.old.is.baby?

prissyenglisharriviste Sat 21-Sep-13 20:49:41

One or two is fine, but don't overdo it. <bitter experience>

LouiseD29 Sat 21-Sep-13 20:53:51

She's a month old.

ToddleWaddle Sat 21-Sep-13 20:55:55

I have one or two occasionally restores my sanity. Dd2 3 months is sleeping through though without a dream feed.

nancerama Sat 21-Sep-13 20:58:01

If you're sober enough to be able to hold the baby safely, then it's OK to drink

fivepies Sat 21-Sep-13 20:59:23

Have a drink, it's fine. I'm breastfeeding and have a glass or two of wine at the weekend. As an earlier poster said, check out kellymom. Basically you can have roughly as much as if you were driving (although I have a bit more than that!). It's more that you shouldn't be drunk in charge of a baby rather than the alcohol transferring through your milk.

adagio Sat 21-Sep-13 20:59:56

Yep one or two here on occasion, since about 4 weeks old. Baby now 9months and thriving (and still BF).

InTheFace Sat 21-Sep-13 21:00:58

Depends on how much you drink and how long baby goes between feeds. Alcohol enters the bloodstream some time after it is drunk. A small amount will be totally metabolised pretty quickly - one or two hours. Ao, I used to drink a smallish glass of wine during the penultimate feed of the day. It was all gone by the night feed. Got some strange looks, though.

Judybluey Sat 21-Sep-13 21:02:30

Yep it's ok..just to have a couple of drinks and alternate with water or soft drinks...and if you have someone else with you.

aufaniae Sat 21-Sep-13 21:19:24

I agree alternating with water is a good idea.

DP has just poured me a glass of wine, DD (5 mo) is asleep on my lap. smile

I read somewhere that the amount of booze in your breastmilk is about the same as that in your blood. You'd have to drink a lot of blood to get drunk now wouldn't you?! So I reckon the small amount in breastmilk is fine. It's not like it turns your boobs into wine-on tap! Far from it.

I agree www.kellymom.com is a great source on this kind of thing.

hettienne Sat 21-Sep-13 21:22:23

It's fine, just don't get wasted! If you are sober enough to care for the baby you are sober enough to feed.

LouiseD29 Sat 21-Sep-13 22:55:57

Thank you. I've just enjoyed a delicious glass of chilled Sancerre. Amazing!

rosiedays Sun 22-Sep-13 11:51:25

《Adding bottle of red to shopping list》smile

beepoff Sun 22-Sep-13 11:56:17

I drink quite a bit but DS sleeps through... In theory. The three times I've had a few more drinks than usual he's woken up about 1am demanding a feed. Sod's law.

PrincessChick Mon 23-Sep-13 11:47:51

I have a glass of wine or a very weak g&t about 3 nights a week. On holiday when DD was 7 weeks I had 2.5 glasses one night, enough to feel fluffy but not drunk. DD is 3 month and as far as I can tell ok! In my very non scientific opinion a glass here and there won't hurt as it will be very much diluted, if not gone by the time it's gone through. Enjoy smile

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