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Can i drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: In general, it is best not to consume alcohol while breastfeeding as alcohol can get into your bloodstream and then into your breastmilk. That being said, the alcohol does not stay there indefinitely. If you care to consume alcohol, a reasonable alternative would be to feed with expressed breastmilk and "pump and dump" the milk that you make for a couple of hours after drinking to be cautious.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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NO!!!!: Alcohol crosses into breast milk, and is not safe for babies. I am concerned that even by asking the question, you are indicating that alcohol is very important in your life. I think you need to look at this closely. Alcohol problems do not always relate to how much or how often you drink, but that it is more important than other things in your life, like your family or your health. Consult md.
Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes, but...: Light drinking, generally less than 2 drinks per day, is allowed. However, moderate drinking causes irritability or excessive sleepiness, weak suckling in breast-fed infants, and decreases milk supply. Breast feeding should be avoided during and for 2-3 hours after moderate drinking. Chronic or heavy drinkers should not breastfeed.

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Is it ok to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: Small amounts of alcohol are okay while breastfeeding. A glass of wine or few sips of beer can even help with breast milk letdown. Drinking to excess while breast feeding is not in anybody's best interest. The alcohol can change the flavor of the breast milk, however.
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Can i drink alcohol in small amounts when breastfeeding?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Define small: Alcohol effects breast milk production by decreasing the prolactin hormone & decreasing flow. It also comes across into babies system where one of it's breakdown products is formaldehyde, a chemical not so friendly for the brain. A small amount might produce no noticed changes in baby but i'm not aware of any data that has found a safe exposure level.

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