Drinking and breastfeeding

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What are the rules? I am not a heavy drinker but I do like a Margarita or 2 or a glass of wine or 2 every now and then. Most of what I read states that if your able to drive you are able to breastfeed. Does it matter how much you drink or more how you feel after what you have drank? I am 5'5 and 152 and I had between 12 to 15 oz of wine last night. I felt a little fuzzy and woke up with a mild hangover this morning. That is not a lot, so is the amount or how the amount effects me that matters?

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Kelly - posted on 10/12/2010

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If your really worried talk to your baby's dr and see what he thinks. Mine thinks its better to breast feed and never wants his patients to have formula because formula is not good for babies. Your body will process most of the alchol and only minamail traces will even make it to the breast milk if it ever does. Just make sure you drink responsibly haveing only one drink and you have nothing to worry about. And like I said don't forget to ask the babies dr, he will be the best resourse for advice for your little one

Briana - posted on 10/12/2010

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I'm going to go out on a limb and get crucified here. But a couple of times I fed beforehand and he got super hungry right after I drank (I only ever drink one glass of wine, sometimes less) and because he refuses a bottle I had no choice but to feed him. And he's perfectly fine and healthy! Actually, and I would never do this, but I knew a few people who drank and then pumped the breastmilk after drinking and froze it and saved it for a day when baby was cranky to help them sleep. THAT I don't agree with, and plus the few times I did feed right after drinking, my son didn't show any signs of being tired or cranky or anything. I have heard that if you don't feel the effects it's totally safe, or to wait 3-4 hours after you've finished the drink, etc. There's so many opinions it's hard to choose which one to believe lol. I just go with maternal instinct and don't drink more than a glass :)

Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2010

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i was told by my doctor and lactation nurse that if you feed and then drink 1 drink if you wait 3 hours after you finish drinking then the amount of alcohol in your milk is so minimal (almost nothing) that it is fine to feed your baby then. The pump and dump method was not recommended since your body takes time to break down the alcohol so there will be alcohol in your system for a few hours for sure and even if you dump some out the milk you produce after will still have traces of alcohol in it. After a few hours your body has broken down enough to where it is not harmful for the baby.

Karlie - posted on 10/09/2010

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oh and alcohol stays in your system for 24 hours so i dont think a pump and dump would work really anyways. also im a worrier so if you are drinking make sure someone is home that could drive and is sober just in case

Karlie - posted on 10/09/2010

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iv heard alot of opinions about breastfeeding and although they havent proven any ill effects, just imagine how your baby was feeling if you woke up feeling that way. you dont breastfeed forever so if it were me i would just not drink while breastfeeding at all. you wouldnt give a baby some alcohol in its bottle so why should it have to get it from your breast? thats my opinion though and im not having a go. and since you probably havent had much to drink while pregnant etc then your alcohol tolerance is going to be lower than it was. also iv heard the pump and dump technique works but i wouldnt risk it to be honest

Jodi - posted on 10/09/2010

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I've heard many different answers to this one from reputable sources, so the two whole times I've had a drink or two while breastfeeding I've played it safe and pumped and dumped about an hour after I finished drinking. I woke up with a mild hangover I would personally not feel "right" breastfeeding my child, but that's just me personally, I always play it extra extra safe! :)

Sarah - posted on 10/09/2010

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Most people say that waiting one hour/drink after the drink is gone before bf. So, technically a glass of wine is 4 oz, which equals 3-4 glasses in your case. Wait 3-4 hours after you've finished your last drink before bf. Last night I had my first beer in over a year. It was sooooo good!

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I have had doctors tell me that it's ok to drink, just not to bf while you are tipsy or in the process of drinking. They also said that it's best to not get to the tipsy point during your bf days, and that it's best to wait to drink until after a feeding so that your body has time to process the alcohol before the next feeding.

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