What about having a drink with breastfeeding. Can a couple of drinks really tint your milk that much. Now if I were an addict okay I can see the reasoning not to breastfeeding. But a couple of beers or 2 glasses of wine. Am I damaging our baby.
I drink on occasion and still BF. I see no effect on DD. Now, with that said, there is something that seems taboo about drinking a beer/wine WHILE BF. Like, I know it isn't going straight into her milk, but it just seems like it would be weird. But I have had an occasional drink and never pumped and dumped.<br><br>
I have heard everything possible on this topic, from all sorts of people. The general concensus is that it really isn't a big deal as long as you aren't getting trashed and then going and nursing the baby. Even Dr. Sears says a little is ok.<br><br>
So, with that being said, I have also heard anecdotal evidence about women who drink more habitually and nurse who have babies that are of lower birth weight and with more health probs. But these women also had other issues as well that may have been affecting the quality/quantity of their breast milk(like poor general nutrition).<br><br>
Like with most things in life moderation is the best bet. So, wine/beer w/ dinner probably would be fine.
I think a few drinks is fine. There have been times where I was sipping wine and nursing...and I would feel a little strange. I generally drank a glass or two of wine a few nights a week, and tried to time it right after I nursed my son.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">if you are talking nursing, not pg, lower birth weight can't be an issue, though.<br><br>
what i have heard is that after you have a drink, the alcohol content in your milk peaks at 60-90 minutes after your drink, and is just about zero 2 hours after your drink. so if you're worried, drink reght afteer you nurse, and it will be pretty much gone by the time the next feeding session starts.</div>
That's exactly what I've heard too. So, actually, it is best to drink WHILE you're nursing (as long as you don't keep on nursing long enough for the alcohol to enter your blood stream) because that gives you the longest amount of time until you need to nurse again!
I often drink a dark beer at night, for the main purpose of boosting milk supply. I just eat with my beer (cheese and beer are so wonderful!), so I don't get light headed. Apparently the hops and brewers yeast can help with supply, as does the extra fluid, as long as you don't drink so much that you dehydrate. So, I drink water with my beer.<br><br>
Timing makes a difference - nurse or pump right before, and if you're going to have more than one drink, pace yourself so it doesn't build up on you. On a nornal day, I stop at one, when being festive, I'll have 2.
i have a beer or glass of wine every night, sometimes two. if you can drive you can nurse <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">