Alcohol and Breastfeeding

When moms have gone 9 months without drinking during her pregnancy, sometimes they would like to have a drink occasionally while they are breastfeeding. I think moms should wait until their baby is at least a month old, but she can ask her baby’s doctor if they have any different recommendations. Mom should breastfeed baby first and then she can have one drink such as a glass of wine or a serving of beer. If the baby is ready to nurse 2 to 3 hours later, it’s ok for mom to breastfeed.

Perhaps mom has a wedding or party to go to and she is going to have several drinks all night (and doesn’t need to drive home!). She should go home, pump and dump her breastmilk. If baby sleeps all night, she can breastfeed in the morning. If baby wakes up soon after mom gets home and she is feeling tipsy or woozy, she can not breastfeed.

Always follow the rule: NEVER BREASTFEED IF YOU ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL. If you are feeling the effects of alcohol, it will be in your breastmilk and your baby will get alcohol in the breastmilk and we never want a baby to get alcohol in their breastmilk!

If you don’t feel comfortable with these guidelines, you can also buy Milkscreen which is a way to test alcohol in breastmilk.

QUICK TIP: Can I breastfeed when I have the flu?

Breastmilk is the best medicine—If you have a cold or the flu, you can continue breastfeeding. Your baby will benefit from the antibodies in your milk. If you have to take medication, consult your doctor first or inform them you are breastfeeding.


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