Can you drink alcahol whilst breat feeding? What will the effect be? curious.
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Renee - posted on 01/03/2010
a few 2/3 I dont think would matter at all. Only if you have had a big night out I think you need to do all that work- the alcohol can be passed on to bubba if its still in your system. I dont know the side affects be we can all guess that its not good for the baby. Im sure that you would know yourself if you should or shouldnt feed the next day just by how you feel. but I think a few drinks are fine. even a formula feed the next day if your baby will take it, if you are worried?
Samantha - posted on 01/03/2010
As crazy as it may sound, but drinking and smoking while breastfeeding will not affect the baby. Me though I didn't do either (I don't smoke period) 10 months of carrying precious cargo inside me, I find a few more months or however long you decide to breastfeed to be worth the wait. But a glass of wine was okay while pregnant, so enjoy a glass! But if you do need a moms night out, nothing wrong with that, pump enough for at least 24 hours of feeding to be safe!
Renee - posted on 01/03/2010
It is ok to have a drink while breast feeding as long as you have expressed milk before any drinking. for a week prior you should collect milk after your bubba has had a feed and freeze it until you have enough. Im not really sure how long you need to wait before feeding again? guessing maybe you will need 24hrs worth of feeds? depending on how much you are going to be drinking? mums night out? Have fun.hope that has helped a little.
Arica - posted on 01/10/2010
If you don't want to go through all the trouble of making enough breastmilk for the next 24 hours... you CAN give your baby regular formula in the meantime. I wouldn't make a habit of it though because it could make your baby gassy and what not. Also, in the meantime, keep pumping your milk as usual, but just toss it out for that 24 hours.
During our breastfeeding class they said to wait one hour for every drink of alcohol and caffeeine. So if you have one glass of wine or coffee, wait one hour before breastfeeding or pumping. They said it works it's way out of your milk just like it does out of your blood stream. If you go crazy with lots of drinks, they recommended pumping and dumping it.
don't breastfeed for at LEAST 2 hours after each drink...
1 drink = 2 hr wait
2 drink = 4 hr wait
you get the idea. although the alcohol level is safe after waiting a couple hours it still changes the taste of your breastmilk for 12-24 hrs and baby may eat less because of that. Pumping and dumping doesn't do anything your breastmilk doesn't store alcohol it gradually gets out of your milk over time at about the same rate as it leaves your blood stream. Pumping before you drink however may be a good idea so you can be extra safe and give milk in a bottle until your positive your milk is safe. Alcohol can inhibit your let down reflex so be aware it isn't without negatives.
S - posted on 01/03/2010
Don't think my last post went thru so here we go again.
Yes, you can drink while breastfeeding. There are tests that will determine if there is still alcohol in your milk. If you don't have that you will need to pump and dump for at Least 12 hours afterward
Calleagh - posted on 01/03/2010
In moderation, of course! But, alcohol quickly goes into the bloodstream and milk is made from blood, so your baby is going to get some effect, whether it is stimulated, sedated, or drunk OR as I have used it, getting some healing herbs thru medicinal tinctures when ill.
As in pregnancy, if you are feeling the effects of alcohol so is the baby....and there brains and bodies are growing rapidly, and could be much impeded by alcohol.
Julie - posted on 01/03/2010
My doctor said no drinking while breastfeeding that the alcohol does get into the breast milk and it's just safer to avoid it. But it you have to drink, then here is a good link with the facts. http://babyparenting.about.com/od/breast...
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