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Is drinking while breastfeeding ok?

Life, Noah

Hey all!

I hope you're all having a good start of the week. We surely are, my sister is here visiting and today is my last official day on maternity leave. Tomorrow I start my new job and I am excited!! A few weeks ago, I made a post about extended breastfeeding, and I promised a reader that I would make one more post about drinking alcohol while you breastfeed. I was meant to do it sooner, but I simply forgot... can I blame it on having a mom brain?

I believe that this is a very personal subject, and a woman can do what they want themselves and what works for them. I hardly drank any alcohol during the first year of Noah's life. One reason was because I didn't want to lose control with a baby, and I didn't want to smell of it or be wobbly while holding my son, and after not drinking during my pregnancy, I was unsure of how much I could take. Another reason was because I was breastfeeding. On average, what I eat and drink comes to my breastmilk and stays for about 4 to 6 hours. At rare times it can even stay in for 24 hours. When Noah was that little to, breastmilk was his only food, so he had to eat at least every four to five hours. So if I had alcohol in my system, that means that my baby gets alcohol in his system too without any other foods to fill him up. They also get 20% less milk with alcohol in it. Some mother's don't mind that, because it can give them a better sleep, but I looked at the down sides of it. A doctors recommendation is to not drink any alcohol for the first 3 months of motherhood. I waited about 7 months before I had my first sip and 15 months before I got fully intoxicated. Now Noah is 16 months going on 17, and he drinks my breastmilk for comfort reasons now rather than to get full, since he now eats real food, so he does get his nutrition from elsewhere too, so if I have alcohol in my system every once in a while, really doesn't matter anymore. However I am still a careful person, and have a drink maybe twice a month at the most, and I don't drink when I know I am going to breastfeed him right after. But I don't even want to go to bed next to him smelling like liquor, so I always take a shower and brush my teeth before no matter how late it may be.



how exciting ? where will you be working??
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