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Advise needed!! Breast feeding

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Aley009 Wed 21-Jan-15 14:17:21

Just wondering how long you have to wait to Breast feed after drinking alcohol

AnythingNotEverything Wed 21-Jan-15 14:23:43

You don't, unless you're necking shots of vodka.

Very little alcoh gets into milk. Milk is made from blood, not from your stomach, so alcohol content of milk is linked to your blood alcohol level.

I can't search for a link right now, but there is research online(done by individuals, not the NHS) that estimates you can be 4x over the drink drive limit and still safely bf. Apparently your milk would have a similar abv to apple juice at this point.

The bigger risk (genuinely) is being unsafe to look after your baby.

You might get more help on the Infant Feeding board.

butterbeerfloat Wed 21-Jan-15 14:28:10

I remember reading somewhere once the alcohol is out of your blood it's out of your milk so this link may be helpful

worldgonecrazy Wed 21-Jan-15 14:36:53

If you're having a glass of wine over dinner, then you don't need to wait.

If you're off out for the night and will be more than wobbly when you get home, then you will not be safe to look after the baby, so express before you go out and feed the following morning. You may also need to express whilst you're out if your boobs get too swollen and sore.

If it's your first time drinking in several months, remember that your tolerance will have dropped so don't do what I did on my first night out after pregnancy, I ended up blathered on half the amount I normally drink.

Annarose2014 Wed 21-Jan-15 14:39:01

If you had to be teetotal whilst Bfing, nobody would do it.

foolonthehill Wed 21-Jan-15 14:39:10

Levels of alcohol in breast milk are close to the level in the mother’s bloodstream. Levels will be at their highest between 30 and 60 minutes after drinking, or 90 minutes if you’ve been drinking with a meal. It takes two hours for one unit of alcohol (a small glass of wine, or half a pint of ordinary-strength beer) to leave a mother's blood .

The most common problem with alcohol is that it affects the let down reflex so the baby finds it harder to feed/may get agitated and dissatisfied. on average they take 20% less milk if you have had a drink...some babies may refuse

If you drink larger amounts it may affect the child's behaviour making him/her agitated and restless.

one reference:Julie A. Mennella, Gary K. Beauchamp. Beer, Breast Feeding, and Folklore.

i would suggest feeding your little one, have the drink soon after then leave at least 2 hours as the safest margin...or more if it was a large measure.


Aley009 Wed 21-Jan-15 14:45:12

Thanks all for your quick replies, my sister is having LO whilst we go out for alittle for OH bday, I will probably be fuzzy after one glass of wine as haven't touched alcohol in almost a year

AnythingNotEverything Wed 21-Jan-15 16:07:26

worldgonecrazy Wed 21-Jan-15 16:18:06

Great blog anything.

I have to add, that a glass of wine in the evening kept me sane in the early days of breastfeeding. It meant I felt like an adult rather than a milk machine.

AnythingNotEverything Wed 21-Jan-15 16:24:01

I'm comfortable with small amounts of alcohol and bf (I read extensively!) but it's important to remember that alcohol and cosleeping are a real no no.

Jaffakake Wed 21-Jan-15 18:29:24

I always used to express in the evening with a glass of wine in my hand; made it much more fun!

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