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RoseBlossom
Drinking while BF??
November 20, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Okay so not exactly drinking WHILE breasfeeding, but afterwards, or a few hours before. is this safe? I dont do it, never have, but my ex was talking about how his gf drinks beer to help with 'letdown' or milk production, something like that, and i was shocked. i thought that the alcohol goes through the milk to the baby, or am i wrong?

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  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 20, 2012 at 3:19 AM
    The alcohol would metabolize before the next feeding, and it does help wonders with letdown.
  • RoseBlossom
    November 20, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    BUMP!

  • luvmymonkeys27
    November 20, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    My best friend is a breast-feeding consultant, and she told me that by the time the alcohol reaches the baby, it's yeast. When I was breastfeeding my eldest and having trouble letting-down, my midwife told me to have half a pint... it would relax me and that lack of stress would help let down my milk. I wouldn't drink to get drunk, and take extra precautions if you co-sleep, but a drink here and there is fine. 

  • RoseBlossom
    November 20, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    so it doesnt go to the milk? it just kind of made me think twice because i know there was a lot of stuff i couldnt eat becauseit would through to the milk.

    Quoting Anonymous:

    The alcohol would metabolize before the next feeding, and it does help wonders with letdown.


  • RoseBlossom
    November 20, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    wow! i guess you learn something new everyday!

    Quoting luvmymonkeys27:

    My best friend is a breast-feeding consultant, and she told me that by the time the alcohol reaches the baby, it's yeast. When I was breastfeeding my eldest and having trouble letting-down, my midwife told me to have half a pint... it would relax me and that lack of stress would help let down my milk. I wouldn't drink to get drunk, and take extra precautions if you co-sleep, but a drink here and there is fine. 


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    November 20, 2012 at 3:22 AM
    Read above

    Quoting RoseBlossom:

    so it doesnt go to the milk? it just kind of made me think twice because i know there was a lot of stuff i couldnt eat becauseit would through to the milk.


    Quoting Anonymous:

    The alcohol would metabolize before the next feeding, and it does help wonders with letdown.


  • luvmymonkeys27
    November 20, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    By the time it reaches the baby, it's pretty much all yeast, or has left the milk. It's all to do with its half-life. Coffee is what you want to avoid, apparently.

    Quoting RoseBlossom:

    so it doesnt go to the milk? it just kind of made me think twice because i know there was a lot of stuff i couldnt eat becauseit would through to the milk.

    Quoting Anonymous:

    The alcohol would metabolize before the next feeding, and it does help wonders with letdown.



  • MumsTheWord571
    November 20, 2012 at 3:25 AM
    Safe to drive is safe to nurse. Less than 5 % of alcohol consumed will go into your breastmilk, and if she's drink as she's nursing it'll take a while to go into her milk.
  • usmc.momma
    November 20, 2012 at 3:26 AM

     If you can feel the effects of the alcohol then it isnt safe to BF. 1 beer wont affect your milk.

  • bellaamore
    November 20, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Its safe to drink as long as you dont get drunk.

    And, yes, beer is good for letdown sometimes and is recommended by some lactation consultants.

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