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07-21-2004 04:26 PM
magemom I would not pump and dump. I wouldn't even modify nursing over one drink.

HOWEVER, if it makes you feel more comfortable, you could mix half a bottle of 'alcohol' milk and half 'non' for later, if you normally pump. If you don't, I wouldn't bother.
07-21-2004 04:21 PM
pumpkinhead Just wanted to add that your body will remove alcohol from your breastmilk at the same rate it removes it from your blood...not sure if that was mentioned. So, as EVERYONE else has said (such wise Mama's ) you don't need to pump and dump.
07-21-2004 04:04 PM
ChasingPeace Very interesting! Thanks to all for the information.
07-21-2004 03:40 PM
sarahwebb I totally agree with the other posters--no need to pump and dump. I'm reading Dr. Jack Newman's _Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers_ and he gives the best explanation of alcohol being in breastmilk in the same concentration as the mother's blood that I've read so far. He explains that in most jurisdictions the legal limit for blood alcohol is .08%. A mother nursing who was legally drunk at 0.08% blood alcohol would be in essence giving her baby a drink that was 0.08% alcohol which is a fraction of the percentage of aclohol in dealcoholized beer (0.6%). So a couple of drinks occasionally is no problem, definitely not a reason to pump and dump even though many people who don't understand the physiology of alcohol and breastfeeding still recommend it.

Best,
Sarah
07-21-2004 03:28 PM
HBBFJenn I have an occasional drink or two and I never pump and dump. My baby is fine. As long as you are not falling down drunk I believe it is OK to bf after drinking. I have bf right after having 1 drink with dinner. If you are worried wait until you put the baby down for the night and then have your drink, by the time the baby wakes up most of the alcohol will have cleared your system. I believe pumping is totally unnecessary in regards to drinking.
07-21-2004 03:28 PM
fromscatteredtribe I was a LLL leader for several years before i figured out that alcohol isn't that big of a deal while breastfeeding. if you are having a drink or two especially. it might make baby sleepy. i wouldn't do crack or hard drugs. of course i can't give you medical advice but alcohol leaves your system pretty fast. it evaporates out of your milk as i understand within a couple hours at the long end. i saw nurse your baby first or my personal favorite (i say this with humor) nurse WHILE you have your drink. that way by the time it hits your milk baby is snoozing and you might have a little time for it to wear off. hope that helps. i got my info from the breastfeeding answer book but i am sure lll.org has some more info.
07-21-2004 03:24 PM
jessikate It's perfectly fine to nurse you babe after having a drink. Alcohol goes into your milk at the same concentration it's in your blood.

I usually nurse my DD first and then have my drink, but if she asks to nurse while I'm having my drink or afterwards, that's fine too.

Basically, if you've had too much alcohol to drive safely, you should hold off on nursing the baby. This according to my aunt, who is an IBCLC.

Pumping and dumping is not ever necessary except if you're in a situation where you're not nursing your child for an extended period of time due to something in your milk, but you need to keep your supply going. Milk is continuously generated and is reabsorbed if not expressed. Once there is no alcohol in your bloodstream, there is no alcohol in your milk.
07-21-2004 03:17 PM
tug i pumped and dumped the few times i did it.
07-21-2004 03:12 PM
ChasingPeace If you have a drink (say a margarita) with lunch (or dinner), do you need to pump and dump afterwards, or is the bm still OK for dc? Just curious. TIA!

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