Alcohol itself hinders both the milk ejection reflex (responsible for your milk letdown) and milk production, especially when taken in large amounts. But even a small amount, such as a single beer or glass of wine, can disrupt the balance of milk -producing hormones in breastfeeding women.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ).
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.
But, according to Milkscreen, infants can safely consume breast milk with an alcohol concentration of approximately 0.03%.
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.”
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.
If you continue to smoke when you are breastfeeding, wait to have a cigarette until after you have completed a feeding. You might be advised to wait at least three to four hours before breastfeeding again–even if it means that you have to pump and dump (where you express and discard some breastmilk).
Darker beer filled with extra barley and hops (both a galactagogues, which stimulates the hormone prolactin to increase milk supply) is one beverage that is known to increase your milk supply. Specifically, a milk stout is one of the best beers to indulge in while breastfeeding.
In moderation, a small amount of caffeine will not harm your breastfed baby. When caffeine enters your bloodstream, a small amount can be passed along to your baby through breast milk .