Best beer for milk production?

Irma - posted on 08/30/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )




Hello everyone. I just wanted to know what the best beer for milk production is.


Beth - posted on 08/29/2011




I think pump and dump is a ridiculous modern concept.Alcohol is NOT stored in breastmilk. The only way I would worry about it is having more than 3 (which would make caring for a baby unsafe any way) As for breastmilk declining 23% after one drink as long you stay hydrated by having a couple ozs. of H2O in between beers I dont see it as a problem. I regularily have a couple beers in the evening and all 3 of my babes have been healthy and thriving (and BIG). People are so paranoid these days.

Mia - posted on 03/04/2013




I don't care what studies show, I know from PERSONAL experience that every time I have a beer, my milk supply increases SIGNIFICANTLY! I've had an alcoholic beer and a non alcoholic beer. They seemed to work the same for me. It won't matter what brand you choose.

Lola - posted on 09/08/2012




I nursed my daughter 32 years ago and our pediatrician specifically told me to drink dark beer to make my milk creamy and satisfy my baby...It worked wonders and she is a healthy 32 year old nursing her own son now.....

Jennifer - posted on 08/30/2010




Brewers yeast and a beer are not the same thing. yes, brewer's yeast is a galactogogue (substance which increases milk), but alchohol is a depressant and REDUCES milk. This is evidence based information. Trust me, I just finished my training for IBCLC and will be certified once I get my exam results next month.

It is really important to realize that the idea of beer increasing milk is a MYTH.

And even a small amount of alcohol can have a significant effect on a baby under 3 months. As they get older they can tolerate light alchol intake a bit better, but not when they are teeny tiny.

Please check out the links I posted earlier, this will better explain alcohol and breast milk, including beer.

Catlin - posted on 08/30/2010




Guinness is the best beer for milk production! It worked for me at least. If you want to have one though, I'd look into getting a 6 pack of bottles instead of the big can. I can only drink like 1/2 of one at a time

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Cleaver - posted on 12/22/2012




carnation works or similac mom or but dont take it as a meal replacement take it as a drink with your meal

Ania - posted on 12/22/2012




There is none, that is actually a myth. It is alcohol, so you will drink and at first it will seem like you are fuller, because it is liquid, but in the end to process alcohol your body will use a lot of water, so you will be dehydrated. So no extra production quite the opposite....

Janette - posted on 12/22/2012




LLI site said that it's the barley in the beer that can help AND that non-alcohi beers work just as well.

Rachel - posted on 10/06/2011




*no beer* is the best beer. Second best, I couldn't say...

Tracy - posted on 08/30/2010




I don't think drinking a whole pint would be a good idea, but my DR actually told me to drink 1/2 a beer an hour befor feeding and it would be ok, and it really does help temporarily, and a LOT. I would only suggest it to get over that hump when baby demands are insane due to growth spurt, and only a few times, but it does help. At our last LeLeche League meeting the LC said that brewer's yeast supplements work and will do the same thing as beer. Hope that helps if that is the decision you have made.

Jennifer - posted on 08/30/2010




Actually, research states that consuming alcohol reduces the let down reflex and therefore reduces production. Any IBCLC using evidence based practices will tell you this. The belief that beer can help your supply is a MYTH.

Best way to incease your supply is to ensure frequent and efficient removal of milk from your breasts. Ideally with a well-latching baby, but if your baby's latch or sucking ability is problematic, then you need to use either manual (hand) expression or a breast pump.

If you have ensured adequate milk removal and you are still having supply issues, I would suggest you consult with a La Leche League Leader or an IBCLC, or other breastfeeding helper.

There are lot's of things we can do to increase milk depending on what the problem is, but consuming alcohol of any kind is not one of them. Alcohol is a depressant, and it depresses everything, inclucing milk ejection or let down reflex.

There is some good info on this here:

"A common folk remedy for low milk supply is to drink a glass of ale or beer (both contain hops) to increase supply. However, current studies indicate that alcoholic beverages do not increase milk production and, in fact, can lead to baby getting less milk."

and here:
"Effects of alcohol on breastfeeding and the breastfed baby

* Alcohol does not increase milk production. In fact, babies nurse more frequently but take in less milk in the 3-4 hours after mom has had a drink, and one study showed a 23% decrease in milk volume with one drink (Mennella & Beauchamp 1991, 1993; Mennella 1997, 1999).
* 2+ drinks may inhibit let-down (Coiro et al 1992; Cobo 1974)."

And then there are all the other effects of alchol on infants, especially young babies, whose ability to matabolize the alcohol is greatly impared.

This is really not a good idea. Please take the time to research this decision more.

Jill - posted on 08/30/2010




My sister told me draft beer although I dont know how true it is. BUT I do have to say if I have a beer I get super full, so i personally think its true. However I always pump and dump that milk and too me it seems watery. Also hot tea does the same thing for me, but i dont have to worry about the alcohol part of it :)

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They say Guinness. I don't know if it's true, but I love stout. I actually think the beer stories are old wives tales ( as you probably know, the best way to increase your supply is frequent breastfeeding!) but if the beer relaxes you, that's good!

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