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Alcohol reduces breastmilk

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beansprout · 07/04/2005 09:55

A study in the US has concluded that drinking alcohol while b/f, even in moderate amounts, can reduce the supply of milk.


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JoolsToo · 07/04/2005 09:56

you can drink as much as you want when your bottle feeding

Tessiebear · 07/04/2005 09:59

I suppose it makes sense as Alcohol does de-hydrate you. I b/fed DS2 for 2 years and did drink alcohol - but no more than a couple of units in one go - and i ALWAYS had loads of milk

Tessiebear · 07/04/2005 10:00

LOL Joolstoo!

mummytosteven · 07/04/2005 10:03

just one thought tho - as expressing isn't necessarily a reliable method of measuring milk production, would the same effects necessarily be seen if a woman was feeding a baby after alcohol as if she was expressing?

mears · 07/04/2005 10:18

Hmmm... I am not sure about this study. When I expressed regularly I got various times for letdown and various amounts for a variety of reasons. Observing feeding would have been a better way to do it - agree mummytosteven.
Alcohol is not an issue really unless it is crateloads!

Fennel · 07/04/2005 10:21

hmm. have always drunk plenty of alcohol and have a good milk supply - I suggest eating chocolate while drinking alcohol - as chocolate increases the supply you won't need to worry about alcohol reducing it

(unsurprisingly I don't lose weight breastfeeding ...)

RTMTMML · 07/04/2005 10:40

I wish someone had told my breasts. Blimey, the amount of milk in there I'm pretty convinced that the alcohol increased my supply. lol

welshmum · 07/04/2005 10:42

It's all part of a plot to remove all pleasures in life from ttc/pg/bf mothers - eventually we wil be banned from drinking at all until we reach the menopause.

chipmonkey · 07/04/2005 11:16

LOL, Fennel!

pixel · 08/04/2005 14:36

I had enough milk for quads. I'd have been on the gin if I'd known!

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