Wine and breastfeeding?

Kelly - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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If I have a glass or two of wine, is it still necessary to dump breast milk after pumping? If so, when do I do it? I have heard different things from different doctors about drinking wine while breastfeeding but I want to set the record straight.

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Erin - posted on 09/17/2009

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I hope you got the answers you needed about wine and breastfeeding. I was told to never pump and dump because it was a waste. My lac. spec. told me that so long as I wasn't drunk it was fine, and she said if I were the least bit concerned to save some milk in the fridge/freezer, or to wait at least an hour after my last drink to feed. In other words, to sober up some. She also told me that most the time the things you are warned about hardly make it to the breast milk anyhow. Don't let anyone frown on you for drinking wine while breastfeeding either! So many people try to play the guilt card, but its honestly your child and your body so you make the final call.

Hannah - posted on 08/29/2009

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I'm loving all the positive comments on breastfeeding and wine! I get so fed up hearing people tell you how you are risking harming your baby, but seriously if it wasn't for the odd glass of wine I think I would go insane from stress! Like people say, as long as you are sensible the odd one won't hurt, and breastfeeding mothers actually used to be encouraged to drink Gunniess!

Robbyn - posted on 08/27/2009

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A good rule of thumb: if you can drive, you can nurse.

There is also never any reason to pump and dump. Alcohol will only be in your milk for as long as it's in your blood. It will go away on its own. So its okay to drink wine and breastfeed as long as the wine isn't in your system anymore.

Cindy - posted on 08/29/2009

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Recently read an article on this by the ABA (Aussie version of LLL) which said that if you can feel the effects of the alcohol it is not safe to breastfeed as alcohol passes readily into breastmilk & the milk will be effected at this time. Also remember that what makes you a little tipsy will have a far greater effect on a tiny baby. They have very immature livers & alcohol puts great stress on them. It does clear from your breastmilk as it does from the rest of your body so I'd wait for it to pass before feeding or pump & dump if you were too uncomfortable. Your breastfeeding relationship is so short lived that sticking to just a glass occassionally shouldn't be too great a hardship (says the lady who has breastfed for 7 years of her life LOL)

Lauren - posted on 01/09/2014

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I have a glass of wine every night, my baby feeds at 7pm, I have the wine and then she won't wake for a feed until 2-5am (we don't do a Dream Feed). At minimum thats 7 hours for me to pass one standard glass of wine which is more than enough time, I allow 3 hours per glass so it's more than double. If there's no alcohol in my body it's not in my milk and I think that's fine.

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Malena - posted on 08/29/2009

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Personally, I do not feel that it is necessary. I will tell you that at times, I was not producing enough milk & an older woman told me to drink a beer. Believe it or not but the next morning I had much more milk. I had to do this twice I think & it worked. So a glass or two of wine while breastfeeding is absolutely fine

Marjorie - posted on 08/27/2009

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Kirsten, no stress but huge boobs! LOL...this was a huge topic of discussion amongst my bf mummy friends - and a huge source of worry too. Glad to see that you are even considering having the wine and breastfeeding. It took me until about 6 months to be able to have one. But once I had enough stuff in the freezer I went wild - and had two or three (over the course of about 6 hours mind - but still!).

Kirsten - posted on 08/27/2009

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If you're really concerned about drinking wine and breastfeeding, you can do what i do and if i know i'm going out or going to have some wine that night, i just express a few bottles beforehand and just feed my son (3 months) that till the next day. no stress :)

Christa - posted on 08/27/2009

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So far the posts are pretty right on with my suggestion to drink wine and breastfeed after its out of your system. I breastfed five children to over 1 year old each. They say that a drink of alcohol (1 glass of wine) takes an hour to rid our body. So....if you know you will be breastfeeding at say 5:30 pm....have your glass of wine around 4:00 pm (its five o clock somewhere) and you should be good to go!!

Jessica - posted on 08/27/2009

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The general rule that both my doctor, pediatrician, AND lactation consultant have told me is as long as you aren't buzzed, your breastmilk is fine. My primary physician ironically 'prescribed' me a 6 pack of beer a week (or one bottle of wine) to help me relax, as I was a first time mom as well as breastfeeding and worried all the time that I wasn't making enough milk and other common first time mom worries.



You're doing great, keep it up!

Malena - posted on 08/29/2009

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Personally, I do not feel that it is necessary. I will tell you that at times, I was not producing enough milk & an older woman told me to drink a beer. Believe it or not but the next morning I had much more milk. I had to do this twice I think & it worked. So a glass or two of wine while breastfeeding is absolutely fine

Marjorie - posted on 08/27/2009

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Kirsten, no stress but huge boobs! LOL...this was a huge topic of discussion amongst my bf mummy friends - and a huge source of worry too. Glad to see that you are even considering having the wine and breastfeeding. It took me until about 6 months to be able to have one. But once I had enough stuff in the freezer I went wild - and had two or three (over the course of about 6 hours mind - but still!).

Kirsten - posted on 08/27/2009

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If you're really concerned about drinking wine and breastfeeding, you can do what i do and if i know i'm going out or going to have some wine that night, i just express a few bottles beforehand and just feed my son (3 months) that till the next day. no stress :)

Christa - posted on 08/27/2009

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So far the posts are pretty right on with my suggestion to drink wine and breastfeed after its out of your system. I breastfed five children to over 1 year old each. They say that a drink of alcohol (1 glass of wine) takes an hour to rid our body. So....if you know you will be breastfeeding at say 5:30 pm....have your glass of wine around 4:00 pm (its five o clock somewhere) and you should be good to go!!

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