is it true that the alcohol content of your milk is the same as your blood?
so if you are tipsy, the baby will be, also?
Nope, not at all. Think about it this way: the alcohol content in liquor is about, say 40% (depending on the drink). In wine, it's about 8%. When you get too drunk to drive, your blood alcohol level rises to about 0.08%, which is 100 times less than wine. So while 0.08% is quite high for blood, it isn't a large amount of alcohol to drink, get it? If you were drinking a drink with an 0.08% alcohol content, it wouldn't get you drunk, or even tipsy.
If you just have one drink, depending on your size, your blood will be looking more like 0.02%, which is the alcohol content of the breastmilk your baby would be drinking. That is not very high.
I feel comfortable nursing my baby as normal after one or two drinks.
HOWEVER, if you are totally against your baby getting any alcohol, you just have to wait until your body clears the alcohol. So if you no longer feel the alcohol in your system, it's evaporated from your blood, and that means it has evaporated from your milk, too, and everything is back to normal.
I am an avid scotch drinker and have dram of scotch a few times a week. I often have wine with dinner. And I clusterfeed my son with no problems. But don't take my word for it!
Dr. Jack Newman:
Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all. As is the case with most drugs, very little alcohol comes out in the milk. The mother can take some alcohol and continue breastfeeding as she normally does. Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.
La Leche League:
The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother ingests. When the breastfeeding mother drinks occasionally or limits her consumption to one drink or less per day, the amount of alcohol her baby receives has not been proven to be harmful.
Have your occasional drinks, Mama, and enjoy!