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alcohol and breastfeeding..

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BoogieWoo Wed 23-Sep-09 12:38:14

Can anyone help? I went out for the first time since having DD for our wedding anniversary. Had mum babysitting for 2 hours. I had 4 glasses of wine (yipee!) then gave her a bottle for next feed again. I'm not sure if the alcohol stays in your breast milk. I expressed the next morning and threw that milk down the sink. Was this necessary or does the alcohol disappear from your system making it safe to feed after a period of time?

Ooo that was long winded... does it make sense?

Mmmmcoffee Wed 23-Sep-09 12:47:06

Hi, not an expert here just a mum who's breastfed! I would have a glass of wine with dinner sometimes and breastfeed a couple of hours later, there was never any problem. Once - only once - we had friends come over unexpectedly and had a few drinks with them; I didn't have any formula and didn't realise I'd run out of frozen breast milk so I had to breastfeed about 3 hours after I'd had something like 4 scotch's. Poor baby was miserable all night, not crying but restless and wanting a cuddle.

When she started sleeping through the night, I was happy to have a couple of glasses of wine in the evening and still feed her the next day; never seemed to cause a problem and she's now 11 and top of her class so something's going right!

tiktok Wed 23-Sep-09 12:53:15

at chucking the milk away So not necessary

Boogie - search on this topic in the archives.

Alcohol disappears from milk at the same rate (ie quite quickly) as it disappears from your blood and in any case it's really a question of judgement about how much it matters anyway...have a look in archives anyway.

BoogieWoo Wed 23-Sep-09 16:54:15

Thanks guys - sound like I'm a complete alcoholic but, not so...every so often I'd like to think I deserved more than just a glass....9 month pregnancy was a long time!! Appreciate the comments.

Iggi999 Wed 23-Sep-09 22:48:59

My midwife at antenatal class told us we needed to "pump and dump". I already knew this was bollocks (imagine if we had to have a blood transfusion to get the alcohol out of bloodstream!) but I felt too intimidated to correct her. Stil regret that.

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