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Beer and Cigarets

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I was wondering what you guys thought about going out to the bar while still nursing? My baby is seven and half months old. I've been going to the bar once a week or every other week. I stay out two hours and have two beers, one every hour. I also have a cigaret. I read that it takes ninety minutes to get the nicatene out of one's system. I quit smoking while I was pregnant and starting smoking shortly after Koba was born. I quit after two months ( I was smoking half a cigaret to two cigarets a day). So now I just smoke at bars. What do you guys think of all this?
I love going out to the bar. A lot of the times its the only tme I getr away from my child. It keeps me sain in a lot of respects.
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Current research says that occasional use of alcohol (1-2 drinks) is not harmful to the nursing baby...
Many experts recommend against drinking more than 1-2 drinks per week.
It is recommended that nursing moms avoid breastfeeding during and for 2-3 hours after drinking (Hale 2002)...
In general, if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk. Alcohol peaks in mom's blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking (but there is considerable variation from person to person, depending upon how much food was eaten in the same time period, mom's body weight and percentage of body fat, etc.). Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels.

Always keep in mind the baby's age when considering the effect of alcohol. A newborn has a very immature liver, so minute amounts of alcohol would be more of a burden. Up until around 3 months of age, infants detoxify alcohol at around half the rate of an adult. An older baby or toddler can metabolize the alcohol more quickly.
on smoking while bfing:

It seems to me, one cig a week is no big deal. Congrats for almost quitting! And for not smoking at all while pg.

If you sit in a smoky bar for two hours tho, probably a good idea to shower when you get home, before handling baby. I would think the smoke in your hair and clothes would have more effect on baby than the nicotene from one cig in your bloodstream/milk.
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I remember reading somewhere on here about you don't need to be a Saint to breastfeed

You sound like you're handling your 'vices' very sensibly. My mother smoked all my childhood and I hated it - I wish she'd shown the restraint you're showing. I gotta say though she died of lung cancer before my dd was born and it's really sad she never got to see my dd. I blame those horribly addictive cigarettes for that.
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ITA that you are being safe. I have the occasionaly drink myself, I don't get drunk, but 1 - 2 drinks at lunch or dinner maybe once a month or less. Haveing 2 drinks a week and 1 cig is no big deal. I have spoke to a mother who had 1 drink and her baby slept for 8 hours and was extremely hard to wake, so she didn't drink again while BFing so I think alchohal effects different babys / mothers differently.
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