Originally Posted by alegna
Mind your own business.
Drinking is not a problem with breastfeeding. The bigger concern would be if she's so drunk that she's not safe to parent.
HUH??? Alcohol enters and leaves the milk the same way it enters and leaves the bloodstream. Of course the bloodstream will contain MORE alcohol than the milk. It takes one hour for 1 oz (1 drink) of alcohol to leave the bloodstream - same for the milk. But if she is drinking and partying, then she is probably drunk or at least tipsy, in which case she either needs to pump or give formula until the alcohol has left her system.
Studies have been done that one drink while nursing hasn't been proven to have any side effects on the baby, however just because they havent seen side effects doesnt mean it's 100% safe.
Yes, a much smaller amount of alcohol is in the milk than in the mom's bloodstream, but remember that a baby is tiny, it's system is not equipped to handle alcohol, and it would take a much smaller amount to do damage.
Unless something is proven to be safe, I really wouldn't do it while nursing. I don't need alcohol THAT bad.
I am a young mom (24 in Feb) and found out 6 months after I turned 21 that I was pregnant with my first. I was in my "prime" drinking years, so to speak, but have not had more than a sip here and there of alcohol since finding out I was pregnant.
Also ~ for a normal non BFing person, 1 drink per day is said to be safe, and actually can be helpful to the body (certain type of drinks, not all... red wine, for instance is good). They say 2 drinks is neutral, neither harmful nor helpful, but anymore than that is harmful to the body. Not to say you cant have more drinks, but as an adult your body is better able to handle alcohol.
So I would keep that rule even for nursing, 1 drink while BFing is probably ok. 2, probably still not going to hurt. But more than that in a day is probably causing some kind of harm somewhere to the baby. They are so small, and weigh practically nothing compared to an adult, so any amount of alcohol is at the very least going to be hard for the baby's body to process.
I would just let her know those facts. Maybe bring it up in a non threatening way, and just say "So, hows nursing going?" find out if she is supplementing, and ask when. She may offer then information that she's doing when she goes out with friends before you even need to ask. Then you can say "Its hard with the holidays, I'd like to drink but I have to make sure I pump enough milk first for the baby so that the alcohol isn't going into the babies system.
You can do it more conversationally rather than pinpointing her and saying "I saw your drinking pics!!! BAD MOMMY!!!"