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Is it okay to drink alcohol if you breastfeed?

Is it okay to drink alcohol if you breastfeed?

Not really, no: It's important to remember the baby will take in some or all of the substances you ingest, and alcohol damages brain cells as well as other tissues of the body. There is suggestion a small amount of alcohol won't cause a significant amount of harm, but that's asking how much micro damage are you willing to tolerate in your baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...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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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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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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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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I had a long sip of a drink that I didn't realize might have had alcohol in it. Is it safe to breastfeed my 5m old? How long should I wait?

I had a long sip of a drink that I didn't realize might have had alcohol in it. Is it safe to breastfeed my 5m old? How long should I wait?

Yes: most likely a sip of alcohol will not harm the infant. If one is going to drink alcohol waiting 3 to 4 hours should help. It is not recommended that one drink alcohol if breast-feeding. ...Read more

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Is it safe to breastfeed 12 hours after drinking alcohol if I didn't pump through the night or do you always have to dump regardless the time passed?

Is it safe to breastfeed 12 hours after drinking alcohol if I didn't pump through the night or do you always have to dump regardless the time passed?

It should be: It also depends what you mean by "drinking alcohol". Are you having 1-2 drinks with dinner or are you getting "hammered". It takes about 3 hrs per drink to be cleared from the bloodstream, so if you are having 1-2 drinks it should not be a problem. However, one thing to consider if you exclusively breastfeeding is that if you typically feed baby every 3 hrs , you will get engorged. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol before surgery?

Is it okay to drink alcohol before surgery?

No!: It is never ok to drink alcohol before surgery no matter how nervous you may legitimately feel. Alcohol makes the platelets less effective so you are more likely to bleed for a longer period of time during surgery. This raises the risk of complications. Also, alcohol can mess up your chemistry (electrolytes) which can cause problems with anesthesia & breathing support also increasing complications ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol 36 hours before surgery?

Is it okay to drink alcohol 36 hours before surgery?

Alcohol/surgery: Get clearance from the surgeon first, since that depends on the type & length of the surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

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