drinking while breastfeeding

Ashley - posted on 05/17/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




is it ok to have a drink or two while breastfeeding as long as i were to pump some ahead of time to feed to my daughter. and then just pump out the milk i produce after i have the drinks? how long does it take to get alcohol out of your system? should i pump enough to be able to feed from the time the alcohol is consumed and for the entire next day? thanks


Dani3 - posted on 03/31/2013




I have a nine month old baby. I decided to drink the other dAy. I had 6 beer and a glass of wine. We cosleep and she helped herself to my breast after I had only been sleeping for an hour. And i was still drunk :( is she going to be ok? I feel awful

Kylie - posted on 05/17/2009




It takes about an hour for your body to eliminate the alcohol in one standard drink from your blood stream. So it's fine to have 1-2 drinks and continue feeding on demand. Watch with those big wine glasses, you think your having one drink but the volume really equates to 2-3 standard drinks. If your going out and having a big night thats when you need to pump and store your milk. I've never read any information about what happens to a baby if Mum breastfeeds while drunk, if anyone has any links about this topic I'd love to have a read.

Karina - posted on 05/19/2009




Alcohol goes into your breast milk and then comes out. When you are feeling the effects of the alcohol, it is not safe to feed your baby, but when you don't feel the alcohol anymore, the alcohol is out of your milk and won't affect the baby.

Cynthia - posted on 05/19/2009




My doctor and I had this conversation with our first. She explained that if you feel the effects of alcohol, so will baby. so if you have one drink and you feel it then so will baby. I asked her about pumping off the breastmilk even though you feel normal. She explained to me that when you feel sober the effects of alcohol are gone from your system, alcohol does not 'store' in your body, and therefore not in breastmilk. So only you know how you metabolise alcohol (feel it for hours or hardly at all) so base feeding your infant on how you think alcohol will work itself out of your system.

SO yes its ok to have a couple of drinks (everything in moderation). If you feel strongly or are not sure how alcohol runs through your system, pump away. I have a little always stored away for reasons such as this. Hope this helps.

Emma - posted on 05/19/2009




Even though your blood alchahol and milk alchahol level is the same its still fine to bf whilst drinking as long as your not mortal drunk! then I'd be more concerned about how capable I was of caring for my babies.

your body works hard to eliminate booze from your system everything is filtered b4 your milk is created from it and then your babies body also filters it their liver breaks it down just as ours does so in older babies there is imo no risk and in young ones who the hell wants more than 1-2 drinks anyway there still gonna wake you up at 6am right.lol the studies which sugested bf and drinking to be incompatable have all been de bunked one was even shown to be wrong by the origional researcher! enjoy a drink or two just keep it within sensible guidelines. there is definatly no need to bottle feed whilst you are tipsy or dump milk after you've been drinking. Like Emily said you may wish to express milk off fort your own comfort if you are actually away from your baby but thats all there is to the phrase pump n dump.

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Shannon - posted on 05/20/2009




i talked to the laction lady, and she said you can drink and nurse but once you start getting a buzz and getting drunk pump and throw it away, and once you feel normal then its ok to nurse again\

Lise - posted on 05/19/2009




Every body metabolizes alcohol differently, so what may be true for one person may not be true for the next, or even for the same person the next week because hormonal fluctuations affect metabolism.

I really like to have wine with dinner, but my daughter also wakes every 2 hours to nurse. So, I bought a bunch of Milkscreen tests on Amazon. Now I never have to worry that I might be inadvertently giving her alcohol.

Emily - posted on 05/18/2009




Just to clarify. Pumping and dumping is not done to get the milk with alcohol out of your body...once the alcohol is out of your bloodstream it is out of your milk. The idea of pumping and dumping is so that when you drink you feed your baby something else and you pump so you don't become engorged. Sometimes I have wine when my twins go to sleep. Since they don't eat for 12 hours after that I don't pump since they don't eat. By the time the do eat the alcohol is already out of my system.

Geralyn - posted on 05/17/2009




I had read one drink, wait 2 hours... then the alcohol is no longer in the bloodstream.... That is what I follow if I have an occasional glass of wine...

Cat - posted on 05/17/2009




hi. from memory with my first baby i had a few too many drinks once and tried to feed him. he ended up throwing up all over me, but i guess i deserved it. the alcohol in your milk increase with your blood alcohol level, so even if you have a big night out, the next morning you may still have alcoholised milk. it is so nice to have a few glasses of wine though when the baby is in bed. :)

Jessica - posted on 05/17/2009




I read in a book the hospital gave me uppon discarge that said that as long as your not an everyday drinker it's ok to drink socially, as long as your last alcoholic beverage was an hour before you BF.

Tricia - posted on 05/17/2009




If you're sober enough to drive, you're sober enough to breastfeed. So, if you're having one drink, don't worry about it. If you're having two drinks with dinner, you might want to feed the baby before you start the second drink, just in case, but you're probably still fine. If you're getting drunk, feed the baby before you start and don't breastfeed feed her again until you're sober. Give her previously expressed milk if you can. There's no need to pump and dump while you're drunk unless you feel uncomfortable.

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