Alcohol and breast milk????

Natalia - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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How long does it take for alcohol to go through your breast milk?

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Paula - posted on 05/04/2010

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I think there is some over-reaction here to alcohol considering the foods and medications some folk introduce to their young babies.....alcohol in modest amounts isn't harmful to Mum, nor is the small % that gets into milk dangerous for baby. Over-ripe fruit can contain alcohol but no-one pumps and dumps after that! (precious milk, nooooo, don't dump unless taking strong medication and advised by Doc not to BF). Being a parent is hard enough without denying yourself an occasional treat......I'm not advocating drunken nursing, but a glass or two is perfectly acceptable, ignore the panic-mongers and enjoy.

Jodi - posted on 05/03/2010

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I had a long talk with not only my pediatrician but also my lactation consultant about this issue, not that I'm a heavy drinker by any means, but it would be nice to enjoy a beer now and then! I was told to wait 2 hours for every serving of alcohol before nursing. There is no need to let the naysayers who think we're villainous creatures for enjoying a glass of wine or a can of beer think you're a bad mom for having one! One here and there is DOCTOR approved so enjoy your wine with hubby!!!!

Danielle - posted on 05/04/2010

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u can wait at least 2 hours and not even a tiny amount will get to the baby

Em - posted on 05/03/2010

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There is a really good brochure you can get from the Australian Breastfeeding Association, it has a chart which shows how long it takes for the alcohol to get out of your milk based on your weight. Surprisingly how much you weigh is the biggest factor to take into consideration and yes the pump and dump is a myth. And yes, I agree that it seems wrong to drink alcohol while the baby is on the breast and feeding, but it takes half an hour for the alcohol to get into your milk so really the baby will not be getting any of the alcohol unless they are on there for longer than half an hour. Here is the link, hopefully it works. http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/A...

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Susan - posted on 07/14/2012

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I just read on KellyMom.com that you should not breastfeed/pump 2 hours after drinking, and that pumping and dumping for 24 hours is only something to make moms more comfortable.

http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/...

I don't know. I drank a few glasses of wine for the first time last night and I'm feeling so guilty about it! I've been pumping and dumping all day and will probably continue to do it tonight, and just feed my baby the breast milk I pumped yesterday and the day before, and give her a little formula when I run out of the milk, just to be safe. What does everyone think?

Sara - posted on 05/03/2010

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you dont need to "pump and dump" once the booze is out of your blood its out of your milk

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You chose to breastfeed your baby because that was the healthiest choice for them. Why not just be the adult and just not drink alcohol in the first place. Even if only a small amount will pass to the baby, why risk it? Why is that drink so important?



If you MUST drink. Why not pump a few bottles in advance and use them for that night. Then you will be sure that you don't pass any alcohol onto your baby.

Janice - posted on 05/02/2010

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What ever happened to people in France that gave their babies wine or is that only in movies?

Brean - posted on 05/02/2010

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i dont know why anyone would think its ok to drink and nurse, but it is not ok. it takes one hour for each drink to get out of your body and you can either wait it out or pump and dump. do not feed your daughter, even if it really is only 2.5% that makes it to your bloodstream, thats still 2.5% alcohol that your child does not need in their system.

Desiree - posted on 05/02/2010

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I was also wondering this too because I am going to breastfeed with my child when baby is born, and like some adults I did enjoy drinking, so my friends ask me are you gonna come have a drink with us after baby is born? I told them no because I will be breastfeeding and they said the same thing about the 1 hour per glass, personally thats a risk I'm not willing to take for my child to be consuming alcohol (even if it is a small percentage) just so I can get my "alcohol fix" I mean I waited 9 months so I can wait longer till my child is off breast milk, besides I'm not sure having alcohol or people under the influence of alcohol is the smartest thing to be doing while my child is around even if it is a glass or two.

Aicha - posted on 05/02/2010

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In the American baby magazine may 2010 issue on page 27 it has a article called what's baby tasting and it says that it takes about 30-90 minutes for the alcohol to travel from mom's tummy to breast milk

Jennifer - posted on 05/02/2010

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I wouldnt pump and dump that is throwing away liquid gold! It is only in your breastmilk for a short period of time and its only 1-2.5% of how much you consume. Most doctors say if you dont feel the effects of alcohol it isnt in your milk. So the best thing to do is pump before you drink and if you are still feeling the effects give the baby your pumped milk. If you feel sober though your good to go. So usually about 2-3 hours after your last drink. I dont drink anymore but I did have a long conversation with my doctor about this when I first had my son.

Danielle - posted on 05/02/2010

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i looked this up extensively..there is no need to pump and dump. alchohol leaves your milk just like it does your blood. it is 2 hours for one drink 3-4 hrs for two 5-6 for three etc. the info i read said it takes 20 to 30 minutes to hit your milk and will peak at an hour and then be gone by two hours. so if you have one glass of wine or beer or one shot of liquor wait 2 hours before nursing

Lindsay - posted on 05/01/2010

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My lc told me its in your milk like its in your blood. So if you have a few drinks, wait till you know its out of yoursystem and your fine

Eliza - posted on 05/01/2010

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Same here Jocelyn! It seems to make my daughter more alert! Don't know how that works - I had a glass of wine with my dinner not long ago and she was up more during the night! I prefer not to drink while breastfeeding, however for special occasions I'll have a glass of wine and time my feeding around it. All in moderation!

Janice - posted on 05/01/2010

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I drink 1-2 glasses of wine sometimes. One glass when I'm home with dinner or 2 glasses when my husband and I go out. When I go out it's usually about 5 hours before I go and nurse again. For some children the wine will make them wakefull instead of sleepy, I don't have that problem so I cheerfully drink without worry.

Alison - posted on 05/01/2010

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If you give your child Nyquil, Benadril et. al. that is WAY WORSE! I know of parents who have done that to calm their children down. BAD IDEA. If done on a regular basis, they become alcohol dependent - some of those medicines are 40% alcohol. Please don't do this. 2.5 % of a 12% alcohol content of a glass of wine is ok.

Minnie - posted on 05/01/2010

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I've actually never noticed an effect at all on my daughter. I wouldn't imagine that 2.5% of the 13% of alcohol in one glass of wine would have much of an effect on her.



And drunkeness is a pretty relative thing. I can get drunk off one glass, lol.

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Yeah pump & dump is a waste of time. I never want to drink when I'm nursing, but I once saw a highly educated woman from an highly educated, respected family drinking a beer WHILE nursing a little baby. I called my mom who's an LC b/c I was thoroughly appalled, and she pointed out that very little alcohol does make it thru to your milk, and all it will really do is make the baby sleepy.

Momof1 - posted on 05/01/2010

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It takes half an hour for the alcohol to get into your system. So when I have my one glass of wine for the night, I feed my son and put him to bed. Then right away, I get my drink and drink it within a half hour, that way I know that if he wakes up in 3 hours, I will be fine. Alcohol takes one and a half hours to get metabolized through your body. Some sites say in two hours you are fine to breastfeed, but I always tried to wait four hours. Of course the past couple nights he's been waking up in two hours (due to teething,) but I'm not tooooo worried about that. Some websites also say you can technically have a drink while nursing, (since it does take half an hour to get into your system) but I don't think I would do that. Trust me, I have read up a lot on this topic. If you are gonna have 2 drinks, then the minimum time you should wait to breastfeed is 6 hours. Also, pump and dump is a myth, in the fact that it doesn't clear your milk from the alcohol, but if you do pump to relive your breasts of milk, then you can't save that milk.

Sammie - posted on 05/01/2010

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Yep, the pump and dump stuff is a waste of time. Very little alcohol gets into breastmilk. I dont promote getting drop dead drunk and nursing your baby, but you could be pretty drunk and nurse a child and cause no harm. Once again, i dont recommend doing that, but im just saying its perfectly fine to have a drink or two and nurse.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/30/2010

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Jamie is right. You can pump and dump all you want but until the alcohol has metabolized out of your system it will still be in your milk. If I remember correctly it take about an hour for one drink get out of your body.

Jamie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Pump and dump is the biggest myth. I believe it's an hour per a drink depending on the proof? I may have that off a bit. But pumping and dumping does no good the alcohol will still be in your system and still passed to baby.

Kristin - posted on 04/30/2010

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What Lisa said. Now, if you really want a grown up drink. First feed your child thoroughly, have your bevarage. Now, you can either just wait and feed as usual or pump and dump. Really it's up to you how to proceed.

Personally, if your child is going to feed in less than 2.5 hours, I would pump and dump. If it will be longer, don't sweat it. But, that's just me. I, also, drink very slowly from a beverage and am usually drinking water too. So, the drink takes a very long time to get into my system and less time to come back out, due to H2O.

Minnie - posted on 04/30/2010

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It takes the same amount of time as your body does to metabolize it out of your blood. Good news is, only about 2.5% of the alcohol you consume actually makes it to your milk.

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