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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. 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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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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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 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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Is it safe to drink alcohol when breast feeding?

Is it safe to drink alcohol when breast feeding?

See below: 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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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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What are the bad effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding.?

What are the bad effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding.?

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

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What are the negative effects of alcohol consumption during breastfeeding and pregnancy?

What are the negative effects of alcohol consumption during breastfeeding and pregnancy?

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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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