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.
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.
If you choose to drink , avoid breast-feeding until alcohol has completely cleared your breast milk. This typically takes two to three hours for 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of 5% beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of 11% wine or 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 40% liquor, depending on your body weight.
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.
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.
However, exposure to alcohol above moderate levels through breast milk could be damaging to an infant’s development, growth, and sleep patterns. Alcohol consumption above moderate levels may also impair a mother’s judgment and ability to safely care for her child .
What happens if baby drinks breast milk with alcohol ? Drinking small amounts of alcohol occasionally won’t affect the breastfed baby .
But, according to Milkscreen, infants can safely consume breast milk with an alcohol concentration of approximately 0.03%.
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Drinking small amounts (4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1 ounce of liquor such as whiskey , rum, vodka, or gin) no more than once a week is thought to be safe. However, daily use of alcohol, even in small amounts, can affect your baby’s motor development and your ability to care for your baby.
Fortunately, the short answer is no. ( 3 ) Until 2- 3 months of age, babies metabolize alcohol at around half the rate of adults. But even if your baby metabolized alcohol at a much slower rate, say a fifth as fast as adults, he would capable of handling the amount of alcohol that passes into breast milk after 1-2 drinks .
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 .
Because alcohol does pass through breast milk to a baby, The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoiding habitual use of alcohol. Alcohol is metabolized in about 1 to 3 hours, so to be safe, wait about 2 hours after one drink (or 2 hours for each drink consumed) before you nurse your baby.