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|View Poll Results: How much alcohol do you drink while breastfeeding?|
|None. I don't think it is healthy, even in smal amounts.||33||10.93%|
|Once a week.||47||15.56%|
|A couple of times a week.||86||28.48%|
|Once a day.||21||6.95%|
|A couple of drinks per day (thought I'm not drunk).||2||0.66%|
|A couple of drinks per day (but I feel tipsy).||4||1.32%|
|Voters: 302. You may not vote on this poll|
See, this is a problem to me. We need to get more accurate, less hysterical information out about alcohol, marijuana, etc while nursing. Becoz it saddens me greatly to think of mamas choosing formula rather than breastfeeding becoz they are concerned about the effects of the occasional drink, or joint.
Actually that WOULDN'T be ok to say ANYWHERE on MDC because it ISN'T TRUE!
• alcohol can pass into the breast milk, so do not drink or at least
restrict alcohol intake during lactation;
• there is no evidence of any beneficial effect of alcohol on
breast milk production;
• smoking may decrease your ability to produce breast milk and
thus affect the growth of your baby, smoking also decreases
the vitamin C content in breast milk;
• try not to harm the lungs of your newborn child - never smoke
in baby’s room;
• caffeine can pass into the breast milk and cause hyperactivity
and sleeping problems in your baby - try not to drink too much
coffee, tea and cola drinks (recommendations are the same as
• many medications can also pass into breast milk - check with
your doctor before taking any (however, taking most
medications is not a contraindication to a breastfeeding)
Isn't the amount of alcohol in your milk approximately the same as what's in your blood? So after two beers (if I slammed them back-to-back, rather than having two over the course of an evening), blood alcohol is .08, milk alcohol is about the same... just doesn't seem enough to worry about, to me.
So are you saying that it's a good idea to formula feed your child? Because it appears the only options here are that I either have to agree with something you do, or if I don't, I'm saying you don't care as much about your child as I do mine. I have a right to the opinion that drinking while breastfeeding or pregnant is detrimental, just as others have the right to the opinion that giving your baby formula is detrimental.
WHO statements in alcohol passing into breastmilk http://www.euro.who.int/document/e73182.pdf:
And perhaps even more importantly, if you are getting TIPSY around your baby and you are co-sleeping... then you should seriously make sure you sleep in another bed or on the floor... but never in the same bed as the child.
Oh, and here's what Kelly Mom has to say...
Then you've never dealt with the effects of an addict nor seen how horrifically miserable they are and they make everyone around them.
I envy you that ignorant bliss. May you keep it for your entire life.
And may my child keep it for hers, as well...
I'm talking about going on a bender every night, Pynki. With babe in sling, of course.
Mama to 5 (b17,b11,b9,g6,b4)
Our Final Addition arriving in Mid June 2014
"Light drinking" (defined as one drink or less per day) is *not* contraindicated while breastfeeding. The rule of thumb is basically, if you can feel it, so can babe. When I drink, I make sure i drink slowly, not on an empty stomach, and not more than one drink per day - after so many years of pregnancy and breastfeeding, my tolerance is low. Alcohol passes freely into and out of breastmilk. When it's no longer in your bloodstream, it's no longer in your milk. Also, babies under three months old have immature livers, and can't process alcohol as well, so common sense would say to take it easier if you're bfing a small babe.