Is it ok to nurse my son now after a night out of drinking alot?

Naomi - posted on 07/01/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I had a lot to drink last night to the point of getting sick. I am bfing my son and i wonder if its been long enough since i drank to nurse him again.

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Jennifer - posted on 07/04/2011

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I really wouldn't worry about anyone who tells you that you are poisoning your child if they MIGHT get a bit of alcohol in your breast milk. Formula is full of scary things, some people don't recommend vaccinations because of mercury, formaldehyde, and lead in some of them. It probably is best if you don't drink at all, it's probably best if you buy only organic food, never consume aspartame or synthetic food colourings, flavourings and preservatives. Don't walk by the road side because car exhaust is concentrated there. Get rid of anything in your house that might be off-gassing, such as furniture with glue and carpeting....
I would take the advice of most of the mom's here- get out and enjoy yourself, be happy and don't nurse the baby when you are still sloshed.

Tiffany - posted on 07/05/2011

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I realize that this post won't apply to your original question, but maybe it'll give you more info for the next time you have several drinks. I haven't read all of the posts below, so someone may have already said this. It takes 2 hours per drink for most women for the alcohol to leave breastmilk, just like with your blood level. For some it might be longer, but it depends on several factors (i.e. liver damage, other health problems). Here's the link from kellymom who has all the stats from several research studies and other resources listed. http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle...

Also, they do make alcohol testing strips where you can express a little to see what the alcohol content is. From experience, I do know that the few times I BF my daughter after drinking a few drinks, she slept worse (tossed & turned, harder to keep asleep) and appeared to have an upset stomach. So as someone else said, if you're still feeling the effects then, I'm sure your son will be too. Also, it depends on the age of your son. A newborn who has an immature liver will possibly be more strongly effected than an older infant/toddler. Another good idea as someone else said is to express some milk before you start drinking so that this can be fed in place of your milk if it hasn't been enough time for the alcohol to be mostly removed from your system.

Kudos to you for asking a tough question. Good luck!

Brianna - posted on 07/04/2011

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wow im really shocked that there are people yelling at u on here for drinking?! dont listen to them naomi all of us moms need a break sometimes. like really unless ur partying every weekend then ur not doing anything wrong. best of luck and if u feel sober than its safe to nurse

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They also make test strips that you dip in ur milk and will change color if there is alcohol present if you want to be sure.

Caroline - posted on 07/03/2011

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I'm not saying you should join a convent. But would it hurt to prioritise your child and give partying a break for the first vital years of their life?
What if something terrible happened (god forbid) and you're too drunk to drive your child to hospital or to safety?
I'm not saying you should give up your lifestyle completely or forever, but just give it a break until your child can at least fend for themselves.
In MY opinion, drinking alcohol is unnecessary, there is plenty of great things about life where you can still let your hair down and have fun without being intoxicated on substances.

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Ania - posted on 07/05/2011

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are you still drunk? if not it is safe. Just drink tons tons of water, seriously a lot

Heather - posted on 07/04/2011

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It's best when nursing your son to be responsible and not drink at all until your done nursing him. I would give him formula if your going to continue to go out and party like this.

Carla - posted on 07/04/2011

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By waiting to nurse until you sober up, then there is a chance of engorgement, which no one likes. If I drank and fed my baby expressed milk, I would pump & dump so as not to risk giving my baby any alcoholic milk and to make sure I didn't get engorged.

Ella - posted on 07/04/2011

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Dawna is right, there is no need to pump and dump as the alcohol doesn't stay in your breastmilk anymore than it stays in your blood (can you imagine if it did!? you'd be drunk forever, what a sobering thought!!). I always used to express some milk before going out drinking (don't feel bad about it, being a mum is the world's most stressful job, it is relentless and it changes every sense of who you were before, I think it is the best thing for your baby if you can be happy and that includes being away from your baby and being yourself sometimes, you will always come back a better mum)

Dawna - posted on 07/03/2011

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We had a discussion in our breastfeeding group. The rule of thumb is like others have said that if you feel it the baby will. One thing to keep in mind is that the alcohol doesn't just stay in your breastmilk. So it does no good to express it in order to get rid of alcohol, actually, it just wastes your white gold. It is much like alcohol in the blood it gets filtered out over time... metabolizes. (It is something like a drink per hour, approximately, of course) If the baby needs to feed and you don't feel sober or have any kind of hang over then you should feed only expressed milk you expressed before you drank. Drink plenty of water while drinking and after to help your body metabolize the alcohol and keep from becoming dehydrated. (Dehydration can also make your supply go down.)

Carla - posted on 07/03/2011

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FYI baby will be feeding on mommys ENERGY too, not just breastmilk... So keeping a loving, positive attitude and radiating loving energy is just as important as healthy clean breastmilk;)

Carla - posted on 07/03/2011

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FYI baby will be feeding on mommys ENERGY too, not just breastmilk... So keeping a loving, positive attitude and radiating loving energy is just as important as healthy clean breastmilk;)

Carla - posted on 07/03/2011

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FYI baby will be feeding on mommys ENERGY too, not just breastmilk... So keeping a loving, positive attitude and radiating loving energy is just as important as healthy clean breastmilk;)

Carla - posted on 07/03/2011

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At Caroline-she didn't ask for lecture on morals....simply if on this particular occasion whether or not to bf after drinking too much. Don't cast stones here and save your soap box for the laundry room!
Naomi, pump & dump and flush with drinking plenty of water. We all make mistakes, just move forward and continue to follow your babys cues. Don't take to heart harsh judgement-clearly inappropriate for a SUPPORT group like this! :)

Jennifer - posted on 07/03/2011

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Caroline is entitled to her opinion and I agree with her. HOWEVER, I have raised one child that is now 20, and I did all kinds of things that I thought were wrong, including drinking while nursing, spanking, letting her watch too much TV, etc. If anyone feels like they are a perfect mother, their expectations are probably too low. Having said that, you can't possibly help making mistakes and having a happy, loving, and confident mom is the best thing for any kid. They will live and thrive through all our booboos. (Thanks for everyones info, I am on #2 and he is still nursing.)

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as long as you feel the alcohol..the baby will too. once its out of your system then its ok. its safer to pump and dump.

Karen - posted on 07/03/2011

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P.s all judgement, comments and anything welcome...- I stand behind my parenting, that is what each of us should do no matter the choices you make, good and bad...x

Karen - posted on 07/03/2011

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I agree in theory but the truth is not everyone is built alike and not everyone is able to stay on the path they want to and we all make mistakes or slip up or just have moments of selfishness...and so - think the question was not if it is the best choice but this is the reality and it has happened and she is obviously a consciencious mother or she wouldn't choose bf and seconfly wouldn't be asking a very sensible question to looking after her child's intrests in the so called light of day woman in the 50's and 40's used to drink and smoke from conception to bf....not that I am not aware that research proved that continual substance abuse is more harmful during pregnancy then bflet me not even start on how damaging antibiotics being over prescribed and vaccinations that surpass our bodies natural defenses and go straight into the blood stream!! So, in my 19 months of bf I have partied. From time to time and not been the quint essential poster mom for bf...but the reality is that she is surpassing all the milsetones and is a very relaxed and loving child who has shown no signs from me have a night off and letting my hair down...normally not a planned ocassion :-). I respect all your views but I am still a believer that medication on the market given by doctors is often more of a problem than a night on the booze for a bf baby...keep in mind that my lg has only been slightly sick maybe four times....she is unvaccinated fully bf till she was 6 month the started small amounts of veg but never made a fuss and she only really started full solids from about a year...I let my baby guid...and don't allow research and statistics confuse...common sense and good nutrition, lots of love and as few medical products and more homepathic works for me! Love to you all

Jessica - posted on 07/03/2011

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I've always heard that it's no big deal to have a drink every now and then if you are breastfeeding, however, I am not sure if it is safe to drink excessively. I am also breastfeeding and I would personally avoid breastfeeding if I had too much to drink.

Mia - posted on 07/02/2011

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Hey I agree with Becca, I thought no judgements on this site?? I'm never sure on that one either, best check with a child nurse or one of those great baby books! Good on you to have a drink & let your hair down, don't feel bad i'm pregnant with number 3 and know how you feel!!

Becca - posted on 07/02/2011

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Seriously, Caroline? Is that even almost necessary? She asked for advice, not to be judged and bashed by someone who knows nothing about her or her circumstances. Besides, having children doesn't mean we should throw on the habit and join a convent. You totally owe her an apology.

Mary - posted on 07/02/2011

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Alcohol dissipates in the milk just like it dissipates over time in the blood. Your body processes it and clears it out for you.

Like someone said, if it has been enough time where you feel sober again, and safe to drive, then it is fine to nurse. Its best to express and give baby a bottle of previously expressed milk that night when you get home from drinking, but by the next morning when he wakes you to feed the alcohol is gone by then and it is safe to nurse him.

Denise - posted on 07/02/2011

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I thought u gota xpress milk if u been drinkn as it have alcho init! :/ then u cn feed him then?? I've only drank 1nz in a year nd my boob woz jordans when I came home! Hangover from hell 2!! If any1 cud answer me about xpressing milk after a nite out 2 get rid of it nd if babies dnt take bottel at all what do u do instead?? Mine r 13mth old now! Thanx sorry no help 4 u!! ♥

Melissa - posted on 07/02/2011

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If you feel it the baby will. That's what a nurse told me once. Only a small percentage of alcohol gets into the milk but the age of your child is a bigger concern. If your child is less than 4 months they can't break down alcohol that well. Also, if it's been a few hours you should be fine. You probably got sick because you haven't drank in a while.

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