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Breastfeeding mum with a 6m 3w old, I really want 1 alcoholic drink. Is it safe?

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Alice134jj Tue 11-Aug-20 16:12:32

My 6month 3 week old girl has been EBF since birth and 1 week ago she started eating solids twice a day.

I haven't had a drink for nearly 2 years, Its such a nice day and I just wanna sit back and have 1 beer. I'm just scared about the effects itll have on my little girl when she drinks my milk. Should I just give up the idea and put it away

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Shelley54 Tue 11-Aug-20 16:15:03

Have a drink.

As long as you're sober enough to look after the baby you'll be fine. I've been feeding DS2 26 months and all I can say is thank goodness for wine!

Shelley54 Tue 11-Aug-20 16:15:47

The NHS says it's fine.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/breastfeeding-alcohol/

SBAM Tue 11-Aug-20 16:16:40

Your milk can only ever get as alcoholic as your blood, so to do any harm to your baby you’d have to drink enough to give yourself severe alcohol poisoning, one beer in the sun will be fine!

QuestionableMouse Tue 11-Aug-20 16:17:12

My nana drank a pint of Guinness every day while breastfeeding. One drink isn't harmful.

MissDollyMix Tue 11-Aug-20 16:17:23

Gosh yes do it. It’s been a few years since I breastfed but I often used to have a little glass of wine. I remember reading something along the lines of you’d have to be several times over the drink drive limit before any alcohol passed through to your breast milk.

Marmite27 Tue 11-Aug-20 16:18:30

I once had a glass of wine while feeding.

As long as you’re sober enough to look after the baby imo.

mindutopia Tue 11-Aug-20 16:19:22

Yes, of course it is. I was at the pub from when mine was 6 weeks old enjoying lovely long lunches and a couple glasses of wine. As someone said, breastmilk can only be as alcoholic as your blood. Even if you drank enough for it to be fatal, I've read your milk can only be as alcoholic as a glass of orange juice (which contains naturally small amounts of alcohol due to fermentation). I wouldn't give a 6 month orange juice, but because it's very acidic and sugary, not because of the alcohol content.

Alice134jj Tue 11-Aug-20 16:32:59

Just opened it and it feels so good to have one. I'm gonna try put off breastfeeding for as long as I can, thank you for your comments smile

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minnieok Tue 11-Aug-20 16:38:48

Yes, but max 2 units

Choochoose Tue 11-Aug-20 16:42:35

Yep, if you can safely hold your baby and feed them then it's fine. You would have to be absolutely sloshed for even a tiny bit to pass through.

ParadiseLaundry Tue 11-Aug-20 16:45:05

Enjoy your drinks smile

There's nothing to suggest that you should only have two units. As ling as you're sober enough to look after baby as pp said it's fine. Which would also be the case if you were formula feeding too of course.

I would have not lasted a collective 4 year breastfeeding if I couldn't drink grin

ParadiseLaundry Tue 11-Aug-20 16:46:31

Sorry that was meant to say drink not drinks but of course that would be fine too!

ColdCottage Tue 11-Aug-20 16:53:27

Have a drink or two. The level of alcohol that crosses into the milk is minute, way lower than even crosses into blood.

I researched it as was due to have an op with my son and the anaesthetist looked into it too to see if I could nurse after surgery due to the drugs I was going to be given.

ColdCottage Tue 11-Aug-20 16:55:14

Best time to drink is while you nurse as longest time until you next feed if you are worried.

Also this.
https://www.laleche.org.uk/alcohol-drink/

Lockdownseperation Wed 12-Aug-20 13:01:55

As long as your sober enough to hold the baby it’s fine. No matter how much you drink your breast milk won’t have any more alcohol in it than naturally occurs in orange juice.

Shinygreenelephant Wed 12-Aug-20 14:44:31

Enjoy your drink! Its absolutely fine, my midwife and health visitor said for it to affect your baby you would have to be absolutely paralytic. I often had a glass or 2 of wine while I was breastfeeding

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