Breastfeeding And Alcohol
By: Kristy Kemp
I have gathered up all the valuable information I have found through various reliable sources such as the AAP & KellyMom , and listed the important information you should know and answered some of the common questions that normally come up at Breastfeeding mama talk regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages while breastfeeding.
*Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding? Yes you can, this is a question that comes up a lot at Breastfeeding mama talk. And the answer is YES you can, but of course there are some exceptions. The general rule is If you are sober enough to drive then you are sober enough to nurse. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that nursing mothers can have an occasional alcoholic drink—the equivalent of a 12-ounce beer, 4-ounce glass of wine, or 1 ounce of hard liquor – but that mom should wait at least two hours per drink before breastfeeding. Alcohol peaks in mommy's blood and milk at about ½ to an hour upon first drink, but of course that can vary from person to person, depending on weight, how much food was eaten in the same time period, body fat, ect... Just like how alcohol leaves your blood stream it will also leave your milk and will not accumulate in the milk. In my personal opinion I would say if this is something you're worried about wait at least 2 hours or so after you had your first drink, to nurse.