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Is it ok to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
If we do not drink when we are pregnant, why would we want to when we nurse? The ammount that passes through breast milk is proportionate to the ammount ingested, so it depends on how much you weigh, how much you drink, what kind of drink, concentration of alcohol, and how long after you ingest alcohol you nurse.
The aap has a list of side effects associated with alcohol.

In brief: No
If we do not drink when we are pregnant, why would we want to when we nurse? The ammount that passes through breast milk is proportionate to the ammount ingested, so it depends on how much you weigh, how much you drink, what kind of drink, concentration of alcohol, and how long after you ingest alcohol you nurse.
The aap has a list of side effects associated with alcohol.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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