Drinking Alcohol While Breastfeeding? OK or No Way?
September 1, 2011
Alcohol while breastfeeding? The answer has been easy for me because in a nutshell, I don’t really drink. Yes I’ll have an occasional glass of wine at a dinner party or a margarita on date night, but for the most part, I’m a virgin drink kind of gal.
And I’m glad I don’t drink because there’s so much conflicting information out there about how much alcohol is considered “safe”, how soon you can safely breastfeed after having a drink, and so on.
For example, according to La Leche League: “One glass of wine should be fine only if you breastfeed one to three hours after drinking.” On the other hand, they state that “it takes up to 13 hours for a 120 pound woman to eliminate the alcohol from one high-alcohol drink.”
So not only do you have to be aware of the amount of alcohol you drink, but also the kind of alcohol you consume, your weight and the clock. Sounds like a lot to remember especially after a night of drinking.
So my advice? No, I’m not going to tell you to give up the alcohol completely. Enjoy your drinks…you deserve it. But when you get home, take the rest of the night off and the next day, too—hey, it’s better to be safe than sorry. And instead of breastfeeding, give your baby formula or breast milk you have stored in the freezer. Better yet, have baby’s Daddy take care of the feeding.
What do you think? Do you think it’s ok to drink alcohol while breastfeeding? Sound off in the comments below.
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