Booze and Breastmilk

Can I Have A Drink While Breastfeeding?

 

It’s the season for poolside sangrias and a glass of frosé or two. What’s a nursing mom to do? After nine months of not being able to consume alcohol, many breastfeeding moms question whether it is safe for them to have an occasional alcoholic beverage. After all, don’t they deserve a glass of wine after a long day of nursery rhymes and diapers?

 

There is a lot of controversy and misinformation surrounding this subject. Most of the time, a moderate amount of alcohol consumed will not harm your baby in any way. There are some things to remember when drinking alcohol in a safe way when breastfeeding.

 

The less you drink, the less you have to worry

 

It is usually recommended to stick to 1-2 drinks per week as a breastfeeding mom. This amount varies for everyone, depending on your height and weight, and you should always speak to a doctor before consuming alcohol while breastfeeding.

 

Alcohol may be decreasing your milk supply

 

If you are struggling with low milk supply, you may want to stay away from alcohol altogether. If you really can’t resist, Brewer’s Yeast, found in beer, has been found to help increase milk supply in nursing moms! If Brewer’s Yeast is a main ingredient found in Baba Bella’s cookies and may help with increasing your supply.

 

Pumping and Dumping is a myth

 

Alcohol leaves your body through your bloodstream, and so does milk. This means that for as long as alcohol is in your body, it is in your milk. In order to be safe, invest in some Milkscreen tester strips. You just put a few drops of breastmilk onto the strip and it will tell you if you are in the clear!

 

Personal Choice

 

At the end of the day, it remains a personal choice whether or not you consume alcohol in small amounts while providing breastmilk to your baby. There is lots of medical evidence to consider, but it is ultimately safe to enjoy an occasional alcoholic drink while breastfeeding

 

If you have any concerns or questions, please speak with your doctor and follow their recommendations. Cheers!


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