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Use Of Alcohol During Breastfeeding
What foods should I avoid during the time that i will be breastfeeding? I've been told that alcohol, jalapenos, and onion are a danger to the baby?
Not dangerous!: "classic allergenic foods:" cow's milk; eggs; peanuts; tree nuts; wheat; soy; fish. Some breast-feeding women say that avoiding these items or other spicy/gassy foods, such as onions/cabbage, can help — but this hasn't been proved through research. If your baby becomes fussy or develops a rash, diarrhea or congestion soon after nursing, these signs could indicate a food allergy & need to avoid. ...Read more
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
No: The early reports of fetal alcohol effects surfaced first in the 1950's& again in the 70's. The most prominent effects were dose related; the worst fetal damage to the highest alcohol intake. Research has shown direct toxic effects of alcohol on the nerves of the fetal brain & many suggest much of the ADD we see today is related to alcohol intake. No level of alcohol intake is considered safe. ...Read more
Brain injury: The early reports of fetal alcohol effects surfaced first in the 1950's & again in the 70's. The most prominent effects were dose related; the worst fetal damage to the highest alcohol intake. Research has shown direct toxic effects of alcohol on the nerves of the fetal brain,many suggest much of the ADD we see is related to alcohol intake. No level of alcohol intake is considered safe ...Read more
Little: Usually one cup of wine or bear is ok. If you will be drinking more, then pump and dump one time once sober, after you have been drinking. Make sure you feel sober before you resume nursing. There are commercially available "breast milk alcohol checkers" but it is usually not necessary to do this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1/2 glass of wine: Okay.Get a more detailed answer ›
I took a small amount of alcohol. How long do I have to wait for the alcohol to leave my body so that i can resume breastfeeding?
Go ahead and feed: Small amounts of alcohol taken sporadically, like half a glass of wine or sips of a mixed drink hive minor effect.You can feed immediately. For a night of several, i would pump and dump as this has made it into the milk.Four hours later the level has dropped enough to resume. Over time alcohol exposure can decrease the milk promoting hormone and lead to decreasing production. ...Read more
I eat out daily and can't be sure if abit of alcohol have been added to the food. Now that i'm breastfeeding, will that be a concern?
Alcohol in food: If you are eating food prepared with alcohol most of the time it is cooked- only the flavor remains not the alcohol. It is wise to limit alcohol intake while breastfeeding however cooked foods prepared with alcohol will not be an issue. However "jello shots" where the alcohol is not cooked, not a good idea. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tobacco and other : Drugs cause harm to the infant, most foods are quite safe. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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