Beer And Breastfeeding

BethAnn - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have heard that drinking a dark beer a day can help your milk production...true? false?

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Jessica - posted on 10/14/2009

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My midwife said it's the hops in beer that cause an increase in milk supply... I bought some non-alc. stuff and it worked pretty well for me when my daughter was going through a spurt-

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Nicole - posted on 01/30/2014

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All I know is I have never leaked EVER from my breast and one night I was out and had 6 beers and my breasts leaked the next day. That's the only time that happened and my breasts were so full and tight.

Alicia - posted on 10/14/2009

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Beer can increase prolactin levels, but study shows that babies don't like it so they don't nurse enough to empty the breast, there for the demand is decreased causing the supply to decrease. Demand is the best way to increase supply.

Francesca - posted on 10/14/2009

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There was an interesting article I read in a Canadian magazine that if you are having trouble in the beginning with milk production, half a glass of beer can help. Has to due with the brewer's yeast. But its not much help after that period.



But remember the rule of thumb, for every glass of alcohol you have, you need to wait two hours before breastfeeding minimum. No one wants a drumk baby.



Not that I am endorsing drinking. But I have had half a glass of beer since having little Ella.

Megan - posted on 10/14/2009

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I have heard that it could boost milk production as well, I don't know about drinking it everyday though. There are also teas out there that can help with milk production as well.

Minnie - posted on 10/14/2009

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There is no evidence that it does.



http://parenting.ivillage.com/newborn/nb...,,3x1m,00.html



From the article- how you would go about increasing and maintaining an adequate supply:



Good positioning and attachment of the baby at the breast

Effective sucking and swallowing in the baby

Untimed feeds - let your baby control the feed. Nurse at one breast until baby is relaxed and satisfied, and then offer the other side.

Nurse frequently. In the early months babies need to be nursed at least 10 to 12 times a day. (If the baby is sleepy, gently wake by undressing for feeds.)



Doesn't look like the link is working- but here it is linked on the kellymom site:



http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksuppl...



(under the second to last heading 'hops/beer')

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