Sorry to tell you but the safest approach is not to drink at all if you’re breastfeeding, as alcohol can find its way into your breastmilk . If you do want a drink and you’re breastfeeding, experts recommend that you have no more than one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week .
How long do you have to wait to breastfeed after drinking alcohol?
Key points about drinking while breastfeeding
Wait 2 hours after a drink to breastfeed your baby.
Can I breastfeed after 2 units of alcohol?
Alcohol and breastfeeding
When you’re breastfeeding, traces of what you eat and drink pass through to your breast milk. And while it’s safer not to drink alcohol, an occasional drink (i.e. 1 or 2 units, once or twice a week) is unlikely to harm your baby.
When can I breastfeed after 2 glasses of wine?
Because alcohol does pass through breast milk to a baby, The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoiding habitual use of alcohol. Alcohol is metabolized in about 1 to 3 hours, so to be safe, wait about 2 hours after one drink (or 2 hours for each drink consumed) before you nurse your baby.
Is .02 alcohol in breastmilk OK?
An alert is triggered by a concentration of alcohol in the breast milk greater than 0.02%. “There is no way to convert that alcohol percentage into a number of drinks,” said Jumonville. “It is dependent on so many factors, including body weight, the type of alcohol consumed, and food intake.”
What happens if baby drinks breast milk with alcohol?
However, exposure to alcohol above moderate levels through breast milk could be damaging to an infant’s development, growth, and sleep patterns. Alcohol consumption above moderate levels may also impair a mother’s judgment and ability to safely care for her child.
Can a baby get drunk through breast milk?
PK and metabolism of alcohol in mother and infant
The amount of alcohol taken in by a nursing infant through breast milk is estimated to be 5% to 6% of the weight-adjusted maternal dose. Alcohol can typically be detected in breast milk for about 2 to 3 hours after a single drink is consumed.
Does alcohol stay in breast milk if not pumped?
No. If you have one alcoholic drink and wait four hours to feed your baby, you won’t need to pump and dump. And if engorgement and milk supply are not an issue, you can just wait for the liquor to metabolize naturally. Alcohol doesn’t stay in breast milk, and pumping and dumping doesn’t eliminate it from your system.
Can you breastfeed after a small glass of wine?
Anything you eat or drink while you’re breastfeeding can find its way into your breast milk, and that includes alcohol. An occasional drink is unlikely to harm your breastfed baby. But never share a bed or sofa with your baby if you have drunk any alcohol.
How can I drink and breastfeed?
If you do have an alcoholic drink, make sure you allow at least a couple of hours for the alcohol to go through your system before your next breastfeed. Alternatively, you could have a small drink while you’re actually breastfeeding your baby.
What happens if I breastfeed after drinking?
Nursing after 1 or 2 drinks (including beer) can decrease the infant’s milk intake by 20 to 23% and cause infant agitation and poor sleep patterns. Nursing or pumping within 1 hour before ingesting alcohol may slightly reduce the subsequent amounts of alcohol in breastmilk.”
How much wine can a breastfeeding mom drink?
If you’re a breastfeeding mom limit yourself to an occasional alcoholic drink, and no more than one a day. For a 130-pound woman that means no more than 2 ounces of liquor, 8 ounces of wine, or two beers in a 24-hour period.
Should I pump and dump after drinking alcohol?
There is no need to pump & dump milk after drinking alcohol, other than for mom’s comfort — pumping & dumping does not speed the elimination of alcohol from the milk. If you’re away from your baby, try to pump as often as baby usually nurses (this is to maintain milk supply, not because of the alcohol).
How do you know if your breast milk has alcohol?
If you know your blood alcohol level, you know your milk alcohol level. Alcohol passes freely into breastmilk and has been found to peak about 30 to 60 minutes after consumption, 60 to 90 minutes when drunk with food.
How do you test for alcohol in breast milk?
You saturate the strip with your breastmilk, and If there is a colour change on the test pad at 2 minutes, this indicates that alcohol is present at or above 13.1 mg/dL (decilitre or 1/10 of a litre).