How long after drinking should you nurse again?

Hope - posted on 10/09/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am planning on going out on my 21st birthday but I have an infant who will be five months on my birthday.
I have already arranged for a family member to watch him for that night and the next day so if I do get intoxicated there's no chance of him getting hurt. But now I'm doing research on what time frame do I need to avoid nursing and just give him a bottle or cereal. Even with the LLL I have read conflicting time frames.
So, figurtively speaking, if I were to get completely intoxicated (worse case sanario) how long before he could nurse again?
I just want to be sure that nothing happens to him so I really don't care if I have to pump and dump for 24+hours. I don't mind it if I know it means he'll be completely in the clear but I have read 3 hours to 18 hour and even a couple place that say a day or two. I'm just so confuse.

Thanks for you're guys feedback in advance,
Hope. =)

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Allie - posted on 10/10/2010

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OMG that is incorrect, If you get wasted you can absolutely under no circumstance feed your baby 90 minutes after. Alcohol leaves your breast milk the same as it leaves your blood. I wouldn't go crazy on your birthday if you plan on feeding soon there after. Also make sure you have back up milk (pre-pump)...you do not have to pump and dump after drinking, it will eventually leave your milk without you pumping it away...this actually does not help. Go to babies r us and get Upspring 3-Count Milkscreen Test...these are strips of paper designed to tell you how much alcohol you have in your milk so you know how long after drinking you can breastfeed.

Momof1 - posted on 10/11/2010

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I've done a lot of research on this topic. The majority of what I read was that for every one drink, you shouldn't breastfeed for 3 hours, after. So if you have 5 drinks, you shouldn't breastfeed or keep your pumped milk for 15 hours. My son sleeps 12 hours a night now, so when I drink, I'll do it right after his last feeding and have 3 drinks. That would mean I could breastfeed in 9 hours, but I like to give myself more time then suggested. If you pump, you will have to "dump" because the alcohol will be in the milk, but pumping doesn't help the alcohol leave your milk faster.

Jessyka - posted on 10/09/2010

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Alchohol leaves your system (breast milk) 90 minutes later. So, as long as it has been 90 minutes after your last drink, and you are not feeling ANY effects from the alcohol, it should be ok.

If you get completely trashed, you could probably nurse again the next morning (after your shower!), although there were a couple of times in my early twenties when I woke up still drunk.

Happy birthday!

Melissa - posted on 10/10/2010

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Your baby is in more danger of your care than your bm even when you're smashed. Your bm has the same level of alcohol as your blood concentration- so if you're at .41 (smashed but concious) your bm still has less alcohol than a non-alcoholic beer. That said- if you're safe to drive, you're safe to bf. Go to kellymom.com and put in alcohol- she's a very experience IBCLC with some great info for you.

Eliza - posted on 10/10/2010

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You should apply the same rules as for driving a car. If you feel the effects of alcohol are gone und you feel safe, it will be safe for your baby, too.

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Pump and dump is only to keep up the supply while you can't feed. It will leave your milk as it leaves your blood, so if you feel it... don't nurse.

Jessyka - posted on 10/10/2010

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Allie -- I did say that she should feel NO effects of the alcohol. The 90 minute thing is in regards to one drink, really. That is interesting about the strips, though. I had not heard about those,

Lydia - posted on 10/10/2010

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the thing with alcohol is that it depends on the amount you drink and your body. there is not an exact time to find because everyone's body is different and some have the alcohol out of their system fast and for some it takes much longer. (it is the some with caffeine. i tried to have a coffee between nursing and i read the caffeine would be out of my system in 3 hours - my daughter was coffee-high the whole evening the day i tried to have coffee...

anyways. i would try first of all not to drink too much, secondly wait until you feel no more effects of the alcohol in your body and if you want to make sure you could then pump and dump one time. you could also try those test stripes but I am not sure if they're reliable.



i personally think it takes even a bit longer until caffeine/alcohol etc. are out of your breastmilk than out of your blood but i have no scientific evidence on that - that is more a feeling based on experience.

Ivy - posted on 10/10/2010

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Thanks Allie I've always wondered how long after drinking I can breastfeed as well. I just thought I had to "Pump and dump" For the next 24 hours I didn't mind I usually try and tell by the creaminess of it all as breast milk does thin out and apears quite watery after I had pumped. I'm so glad they've actually brought something out that helps you tell weather or not you've got alcohol still in your system...... In saying that it does take anywhere between6 hour and 24hours for alcohol to get out of your system. ( Only depends on if you get wasted of 6 pack of 5% RTDs or a whole bottle of straight tequila.)

Ivy - posted on 10/10/2010

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Thanks Allie I've always wondered how long after drinking I can breastfeed as well. I just thought I had to "Pump and dump" For the next 24 hours I didn't mind I usually try and tell by the creaminess of it all as breast milk does thin out and apears quite watery after I had pumped. I'm so glad they've actually brought something out that helps you tell weather or not you've got alcohol still in your system...... In saying that it does take anywhere between6 hour and 24hours for alcohol to get out of your system. ( Only depends on if you get wasted of 6 pack of 5% RTDs or a whole bottle of straight tequila.)

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