Breastfeeding & alcohol

(7 Posts)
Kmxxx14 Tue 25-Oct-16 13:14:31

What do you do? Completely abstain? Or do u have a limited amount under certain circumstances (I.e. When baby won't need feeding for a few hours/ when you give them expressed milk?)

MoMandaS Tue 25-Oct-16 13:20:17

It's fine to drink sensibly when breastfeeding. The amount of alcohol that reaches the milk is tiny, same as blood alcohol level. So if you drank 4 glasses of wine over two hours, you might feel tipsy but your milk would be slightly less alcoholic than orange juice. There's a good article somewhere that explains it better than that! Obviously it would be better to avoid getting tipsy while in charge of a baby, but because of the effect on your reflexes and motor skills rather than what you're feeding them. The other thing to consider is that some babies might be affected by the sulphites in wine that could pass into the milk, just as some adults are (e.g. headache).

Strokethefurrywall Tue 25-Oct-16 13:24:43

I would have a drink whilst nursing as I could relax and sit down. Of an evening, 2-3 glasses etc.

Was quite happy to do that as long as I wasn't pissed and solely in charge of the baby.

Breast milk contains so little alcohol after a drink that it's practically negligible.

Enjoy your drink!

DoorOnTheRight Tue 25-Oct-16 19:43:38

I had a large glass of wine a night, straight after the last feed.

Breastfeeding is bloody hard work. As pps have said, the amount of alcohol in your breastmilk will be negligible. Enjoy wine

DoorOnTheRight Tue 25-Oct-16 19:45:18

(I should add the bigger danger than a bit of booze in boob milk would be taking care of / falling asleep with a baby whilst pissed. But obviously you're not going to do that grin )

LBOCS2 Tue 25-Oct-16 19:51:21

My MW's advice with my first is that if you're sober enough to hold the baby, you're sober enough to feed them.

And if you're not then you really shouldn't be holding them at all wink

I go back to my 'normal' drinking patterns once I give birth; a couple of glasses of wine a night a couple of nights a week. I BF DD1 to 20 months and have just hit the 6mo mark with DD2.

LBOCS2 Tue 25-Oct-16 19:51:58

Oh, but NO COSLEEPING if you've been drinking. It becomes very dangerous.

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