Many breastfeeding mums choose to stop drinking alcohol, however, occasional light drinking while breastfeeding has not been shown to have any adverse effects on babies. Alcohol is best avoided until your baby is over three months old and then enjoyed as an occasional treat.
If you’re a breastfeeding mom limit yourself to an occasional alcoholic drink, and no more than one a day. For a 130-pound woman that means no more than 2 ounces of liquor, 8 ounces of wine, or two beers in a 24-hour period. If you have too much to drink and become intoxicated, don’t nurse your baby until you’re sober.
If you’re worried about the contents of your breast milk, pumping and dumping is certainly an option. Luckily, dumping out pumped milk is an option you may not often need , since occasional, moderate use of alcohol and caffeine shouldn’t require you to pump and dump .
No. If you have one alcoholic drink and wait four hours to feed your baby, you won’t need to pump and dump . And if engorgement and milk supply are not an issue, you can just wait for the liquor to metabolize naturally. Alcohol doesn’t stay in breast milk, and pumping and dumping doesn’t eliminate it from your system.
Generally, moderate alcohol consumption by a breastfeeding mother (up to 1 standard drink per day) is not known to be harmful to the infant , especially if the mother waits at least 2 hours after a single drink before nursing.
If you drink alcohol while breastfeeding , it’s best to nurse your baby right before having your drink , and then wait 2 hours or more before you nurse your baby again.
Research has also found dangerous impurities can occur in human breast milk , including bacterial food-borne illnesses if the milk is not properly sanitized or stored, and infectious diseases including hepatitis, HIV and syphilis.
The amount of alcohol taken in by a nursing infant through breast milk is estimated to be 5% to 6% of the weight-adjusted maternal dose. Alcohol can typically be detected in breast milk for about 2 to 3 hours after a single drink is consumed.
1 Immune System Booster: If you get sick and drink breast milk , it is believed to boost the immune system and shorten the length and severity of a cold.
The strips do not work . They tested very positive on milk in which I drank a glass of wine over 24 hours prior and on milk just after drinking a mimosa.
Alcohol leaves your breast milk at the same rate that it leaves your bloodstream. The only way to rid your body of alcohol is to let time do its job. Pumping won’t make the alcohol leave your milk supply (or your body) any faster.
When caffeine enters your bloodstream, a small amount can be passed along to your baby through breast milk . Most babies aren’t affected by this, but some sensitive little ones may be extra fussy or wakeful after drinking milk with trace amounts of caffeine .
There is no need to pump & dump milk after drinking alcohol , other than for mom’s comfort — pumping & dumping does not speed the elimination of alcohol from the milk. If you’re away from your baby, try to pump as often as baby usually nurses (this is to maintain milk supply, not because of the alcohol ).
If you decide to have a beer or a glass of wine while breastfeeding , it’s important to time it right. “ Breastfeeding moms should wait between two and three hours before nursing from when they had a drink ,” Crowe says. “If they have two drinks , they should wait twice as long , so at least four to five hours.”
Should you ‘ pump and dump ‘ after drinking coffee ? Pumping and dumping is something you may have heard of before, especially in reference to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding. The idea is that you pump out the milk that might be impacted by a potentially harmful substance, such as alcohol or caffeine .