4 doctors weighed in:
I am curious to know if a drink or two is safe and what the side-effects if it were to pass through the breast milk?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hard to comment
There are arguments back and forth about the safety of alcohol consumption during breastfeeding there are some basic facts.
Alcohol will pass through the breast milk and it lingers in the milk after it is made.Alcohol converts to byproducts (formaldehyde) that are toxic to the developing brain.There is no level of alcohol exposure that is considered safe to a developing infant.

In brief: Hard to comment
There are arguments back and forth about the safety of alcohol consumption during breastfeeding there are some basic facts.
Alcohol will pass through the breast milk and it lingers in the milk after it is made.Alcohol converts to byproducts (formaldehyde) that are toxic to the developing brain.There is no level of alcohol exposure that is considered safe to a developing infant.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No (cont.)
During pregnancy, the effects of alcohol on the growing baby are dose related (fas: fetal alcohol syndrome).
During lactation, one can assume the amount of exposure is minimal, but not zero. Why take any chances with this.

In brief: No (cont.)
During pregnancy, the effects of alcohol on the growing baby are dose related (fas: fetal alcohol syndrome).
During lactation, one can assume the amount of exposure is minimal, but not zero. Why take any chances with this.
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Thank
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
I'm assuming the concern is during pregnancy & lactation.
Don't do it.

In brief: No
I'm assuming the concern is during pregnancy & lactation.
Don't do it.
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Thank
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
In brief: Alcohol?
Minimal alcohol intake will not harm the baby, its the prolonged and excessive alcohol that will stimulate him and later depressed the baby.

In brief: Alcohol?
Minimal alcohol intake will not harm the baby, its the prolonged and excessive alcohol that will stimulate him and later depressed the baby.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors