Mothering Forum banner

1 - 20 of 33 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
340 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
so, I KNOW the rules as far as drinking and nursing, BUT....<br><br>
the other night I was chatting/drinking with my BF online and had 1 (ok 6) too many <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
I defrosted milk and got a bottle ready for my 6 week old and then I fell asleep~ well, passed out.<br><br>
Jason woke up for his 4 am feeding, and although I had a bottle waiting, my normal instinct kicked in and I brought him to bed and nursed him back to sleep. It wasnt until the morning (3 hours later) that I realized how bad I f#@$ed up.<br><br>
My question is...how bad did I mess him up? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Should I be concerned? man, I feel sooo guilty!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,254 Posts
i would be more worried about drinking enough to pass out with a 6 week old baby to take care of than the milk he recieved. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
643 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>mothragirl</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9059294"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">i would be more worried about drinking enough to pass out with a 6 week old baby to take care of than the milk he recieved. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Yeah...I agree...<br><br>
Really though, how much time were you drinking and how many drinks did you injest...<br><br>
How long after you QUIT drinking did you nurse?<br><br>
Chances are you didn't do any long term damage, but this isn't something you want to repeat. It is so dangerous to be that intoxicated with a small baby in your care. You weren't cosleeping were you??
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,200 Posts
Seriously guys I'm sure her husband was there and saved her poor baby from her drunken wrath <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: ... I've also fumbled my way to bed before after some cider and then nursed my baby the next time he woke up.<br>
She also clearly said "Brought him to bed", which means she wasn't cosleeping in the time she was drunk and many hours had passed between bed and waking. We all know from health class that "only time" can clear your body of alcohol, right? Give her a break.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
The level of alcohol in your breastmilk is your blood alcohol level, and even then you are going to need to calculate ingestion time, amount and speed in your baby's body (not to mention the issues with your unique metabolism and the situation, alcohol content, time and drink with YOUR body). Suffice to say unless you're doing this in large amounts pretty regularly, you're good.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,200 Posts
PS. Most people I know say "pass out" to imply they fell asleep quickly and almost comically easily. Given the joking tone of the OP I'm pretty sure she's saying the same thing. I get sleepy when I drink, even one glass. Most people do.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,772 Posts
Don't be too hard on yourself. Seriously. I have been drunk twice since DS has been born. I just wait until I'm not too drunk to feed him again. I'm sure there have been no ill effects. I'm of the opinion we should make nursing as accessible as possible to people, even people who like the occasional drink or two (or six)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
34,292 Posts
Moving to breastfeeding
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,150 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>littleteapot</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9059623"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">PS. Most people I know say "pass out" to imply they fell asleep quickly and almost comically easily. Given the joking tone of the OP I'm pretty sure she's saying the same thing. I get sleepy when I drink, even one glass. Most people do.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Well I am a heavy drinker and 6 drinks would make me more than sleepy. Maybe not pass out drunk but pretty intoxicated. Sleeping with a baby after drinking a six pack is a serious concern that shouldn't be downplayed IMO. The question really should be though what length of time were these drinks consumed? The half life of alcohol is an hour so it would have taken 6 hours for those drinks to clear the blood.<br><br>
OP I don't think you did damage to your son. If you look for studies on the impacts of breastfeeding and alcohol consumption you will find mixed messages. Most studies will tell you that it has to be consumed consistantly over a long period of time to do any real damage. The short term risks are sleepiness and low milk consumption in the infant (leadning to poor weight gain). Long term alcohol intake has been linked to poor gross motor skills but I haven't seen very many conclusive studies.<br><br>
I consumed large amounts of alcohol a couple times when DD was a couple months old and it doesn't appear to have done her any lasting damage.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
42,824 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>mothragirl</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9059294"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">i would be more worried about drinking enough to pass out with a 6 week old baby to take care of than the milk he recieved. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
-Angela
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,348 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>jbobys</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9059251"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">so, I KNOW the rules as far as drinking and nursing, BUT....<br><br>
the other night I was chatting/drinking with my BF online and had 1 (ok 6) too many <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
I defrosted milk and got a bottle ready for my 6 week old and then I fell asleep~ well, passed out.<br><br>
Jason woke up for his 4 am feeding, and although I had a bottle waiting, my normal instinct kicked in and I brought him to bed and nursed him back to sleep. It wasnt until the morning (3 hours later) that I realized how bad I f#@$ed up.<br><br>
My question is...how bad did I mess him up? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Should I be concerned? man, I feel sooo guilty!!</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
As others have said--the impairment from the alcohol is a bigger worry than the alcohol in your milk. The amount of alcohol in your milk is roughly equivalent to the alcohol in your blood. Your body metabolizes approximately one drink per hour. You can figure out your approximate BAL by looking at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_alcohol_concentration" target="_blank">this chart</a>--I am sure it was a very very small amount.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
575 Posts
Like everyone has said - your alcohol level in your blood is equally to the alcohol level in your breastmilk.<br><br>
So, if you're blood alcohol concentration was .1% Then the alcohol concentration in your breastmilk was .1%. The alcohol content in nyquil is 10%. Just to put that into prospective.<br><br>
I'm not saying its a good thing - or a good habit. Again, I'm just trying to put it into prospective.<br><br>
Recently, I had 5 glasses of wine over the course of the night and ended up needing to nurse DD. I was worried - but when I really looked at it. I had 5 glasses over the course of 4 hours and dinner, then I stopped drinking and didn't nurse for 4 hours. Not my proudest moment of motherhood, but not the end of the world. I'm not saying I'll be doing that again any time soon, because it was a stressful experience. I tried to feed her ebm with a bottle and she wasn't having any of it. But it was 4 a.m. and she would not go back to sleep without eating/nursing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,678 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>littleteapot</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9059619"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Seriously guys I'm sure her husband was there and saved her poor baby from her drunken wrath <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
She said she was talking to her BF (assuming that means boyfriend)... so that means she isn't married and could well have been the only adult in the house.<br><br><br><br>
To OP, I am sure your baby is find but as others said, don't make it a habit. Did you drink any water before passing out/going to sleep?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,362 Posts
If I'm going to be drinking I go with 1 drink per hour as my limit so I never get drunk or really more than buzzed and feel fine nursing dd. But I agree with PPs about being drunk and taking care of a babe.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
340 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
ok, i always seem to forget that ya'll dont know ME, my sense of humor, etc, SOOO to clarify a few things...<br><br>
BF= best friend (havent had a boyfriend for several years, as Im happily married, which my signiture says <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )<br><br>
1 (or 6) too many= a joking phrase my friends and i use to say that weve had more then 1 drink, and probably were around that legall limit line <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
pass out= get in bed and fall asleep within a short period of time, not get in bed and toss and turn for 3 hours like i normally do.<br><br>
yes, he was in his own bassinette, yes my husband was right there, no, its not a normal thing, but was wanting to catch up with a friend and "blow off some steam" and lost track..my house was ACTUALLY quiet and i was enjoying it and talking to a friend....<br><br>
In all seriousness, though, I posted because i am normally responsible and i had a concern due to a lack of judgement, which i clearly feel horrible about. i came looking for support and advice because of something that happened, and rather then get that, Im attacked and judged. Thank you to those who answered my question, it was greatly appreciated.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
652 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>jbobys</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9061738"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">In all seriousness, though, I posted because i am normally responsible and i had a concern due to a lack of judgement, which i clearly feel horrible about. i came looking for support and advice because of something that happened, and rather then get that, Im attacked and judged. Thank you to those who answered my question, it was greatly appreciated.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
that would be one of the issues of using a print medium. we only get your words...no inflection, no tonality...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,200 Posts
Your post was very clear to me, jbobys. I'm glad you got at least a few real responses.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,678 Posts
got ya on the BF is best friend.... i tried to read your siggy but was confused by it. sorry about that. - nak<br><br>
Anyway, no judgement on my part about drinking overall as I have a beer nearly every night and frankly don't pay alot of attention to how soon it is to nursing. I have a stout and justify it that it's suppossed to help milk supply. *lol* I probably should pay more attention of how soon I drink it to nursing but I am a beer nurser and it often takes me forever to drink one and I am usually eating dinner shortly after. Unfortuantely, your post came across probably not how you intended... the downfall of this kind of communication. I am sure it's all ok though with when you nursed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,150 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>jbobys</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9061738"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">ok, i always seem to forget that ya'll dont know ME, my sense of humor, etc, SOOO to clarify a few things...<br><br>
BF= best friend (havent had a boyfriend for several years, as Im happily married, which my signiture says <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )<br><br>
1 (or 6) too many= a joking phrase my friends and i use to say that weve had more then 1 drink, and probably were around that legall limit line <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
pass out= get in bed and fall asleep within a short period of time, not get in bed and toss and turn for 3 hours like i normally do.<br><br>
yes, he was in his own bassinette, yes my husband was right there, no, its not a normal thing, but was wanting to catch up with a friend and "blow off some steam" and lost track..my house was ACTUALLY quiet and i was enjoying it and talking to a friend....<br><br>
In all seriousness, though, I posted because i am normally responsible and i had a concern due to a lack of judgement, which i clearly feel horrible about. i came looking for support and advice because of something that happened, and rather then get that, Im attacked and judged. Thank you to those who answered my question, it was greatly appreciated.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Technically no one attacked or judged you. If you didn't really have six drinks and pass out it probably would be best to clarify you are joking.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,254 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>lyttlewon</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9063218"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Technically no one attacked or judged you. If you didn't really have six drinks and pass out it probably would be best to clarify you are joking.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
i judged and attacked you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> i'm not a prude about drinking at all, but your wording didn't come across very well. with everything clarified i think you have nothing to worry about.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
122 Posts
Yeah, thanks for the clarification! I, too, sometimes have a beer or two after the baby goes to bed; I just make sure that it has been a couple of hours before I nurse him or the milk comes out of the freezer.
 
1 - 20 of 33 Posts
Top