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Doctor insights on: How Many Alcoholic Drinks Can I Have When Breastfeeding

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Is it ok to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

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. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink a beverage with 8 percent alcohol while breastfeeding?

Is it okay to drink a beverage with 8 percent alcohol while breastfeeding?

Not a good idea: At one time alcohol was suggested to relax moms for feeds.Yet further research shows it reduces prolactin, the hormone that helps you make milk.It also can enter the milk and surpress babies blood sugar. It is one of thoes things you give up if you want to breast feed. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol in small amounts when breastfeeding?

Can i drink alcohol in small amounts when breastfeeding?

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. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol while breastfeeding regularly.? Like ill drink alcholo today and wont breastfeed till tomorrow. Is it okay?

Is it okay to drink alcohol while breastfeeding regularly.? Like ill drink alcholo today and wont breastfeed till tomorrow. Is it okay?

Yes, OK to drink: but caution is always recommended regarding drinking responsibly, especially if you will continue to be caretaker of your infant. Unless on other medication, a healthy 120 pound woman can have 2 drinks and have alcohol free milk in 5 hours. See reference http://www.obfocus.com/calculators/alcoholinmilk.htm for more information. ...Read more

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What should I drink while breastfeeding?

What should I drink while breastfeeding?

Water and milk!: Water is the most important source of fluid intake in a mother who is breastfeeding. In addition, milk is a good source of calcium for you (to replenish the calcium your baby is "taking" while nursing). Limit caffeinated beverages and alcohol. ...Read more

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What is important for me to drink while breastfeeding?

What is important for me to drink while breastfeeding?

Water...: ...Mostly water. Milk is good to supply the calcium, protein, and vitamin d that you are in turn feeding to the baby, but cow's milk sometimes causes allergy in mom, baby, or both, but if both of you are happy, cow milk for mom is good. Mom's milk is, of course, best for baby. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink crystal light while breastfeeding?

Is it okay to drink crystal light while breastfeeding?

Yes: Your body can figure out what is needed to make milk so almost anything that is safe for you to consume when you are not pregnant or breastfeeding is okay when you are. ...Read more

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