BREASTFEEDING A TODDLER AND DRINKING ALCOHOL ???? IS IT OKAY ?

Malory - posted on 03/19/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 22 months almost... and I do have some drinks during the weekdays ... a budlight here and there.. he breastfeeds once a day and at night. I wanted to know what ppl thought and knew and have experienced on this. I started drinking when he was 18 months... I have not had more than 4 drinks in one night. But i have breastfed right after i had 2 or 3 budlights... my son acts the same he eats well and everything normal . am i doing bad ? my aunt used to drink and breastfeed her toddler and he came out fine. well she drank heavy . My son cnt go to sleep with out breastfeeding. BTW i really don't care for ppl that say its nasty to breastfeed a toddler .. cause i don't care !!! and every Friday night and Saturday have 4 budlights.... and i go to bed and if he wakes up in the middle of the night i breastfeed too. So tell me what you know about this ??? and if you have experienced it ?? btw i am ready for some nasty comments ... but i came to circle of moms for help... so thank you ahead of time for the women that are here to help and not to be nasty.. thanks :)

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Jodi - posted on 03/20/2014

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No, I'm not trying to make you feel stupid. You are doing a great job of doing that to yourself. In my first post I spelled out to you what the problem was. I spelled out to you that there is alcohol in your breastmilk. I was perfectly polite about it. If you don't know what alcohol does to the human body, then that isn't my fault. If you have researched the negative effects on newborns, I am not understanding why you think the outcome would be in any way ok for a child of any age. Did you do health at school? The health curriculum spells it out the damage that it does to a teenager's brain. A toddler, being a much smaller human being, is clearly going to be negatively affected.

I'm sorry you had to resort to name calling and cursing because you didn't like my response. That was incredibly classy. I was not trying to be nasty. I am genuinely actually quite baffled that anyone can think a toddler could handle an alcoholic beverage (i.e. alcohol infused breastmilk).

Malory - posted on 03/20/2014

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Yes I was being reals !!! Wtf am I here for... I'm trying to be honest here and you are here trying to make me feel stupid... let me guess your going to say I am... well fuck you and fuck circle of moms... so dont reply.. btw I would not give my son a beer you dumb ass.. you could of just let me know your knowledge and I would of took it...

Jodi - posted on 03/20/2014

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You're for real, aren't you? Okay, so, you know what it says about newborns? The same thing applies for toddlers. It changes the brain chemistry because it changes the way the neurotransmitters fire and connect. It actually has a negative affect on brain development. And that is in addition to the effect on blood sugar, the kidneys, and the rest of the body.

Let me ask you this. Would you give your toddler a beer? If your answer is no, then allow me to inform you that that is exactly what you are doing. Look up the effects of alcohol on children. Your breastmilk has alcohol in it. Your child is being affected by alcohol. If your answer is yes, you would give your toddler a beer, then I give up and hope to God someone takes that child from you before you do any real damage.

Malory - posted on 03/20/2014

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I did research .... and nothing is saying it's for sure. It says alot about newborns but not on toddlers ??

Jodi - posted on 03/20/2014

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If you have alcohol in your bloodstream, you have alcohol in your breastmilk. Do you want to research what alcohol does to a child's brain development?

Basically, you have to use the same rules as if you had to have zero blood alcohol when you are driving. As a general rule, it takes 2 hours for an average woman to get rid of the alcohol from 1 standard alcoholic drink and therefore 4 hours for 2 drinks, 6 hours for 3 drinks and so on. The time is taken from the start of drinking.

So what you are doing is feeding your child an alcoholic drink.

Either you need to stop breastfeeding or stop drinking (or stick to fewer drinks), but you can't do what you are doing now and still give your child the best start in life.

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