Alcohol & Breastfeeding

✨In general, if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk⠀

✨Alcohol peaks in mom’s blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking. Other variables such as weight, food consumption & percentage of fat will also play into this ⠀

✨Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels.⠀

✨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. ⠀


⭐️Consuming alcohol while breastfeeding is a personal decision. If you are not comfortable with drinking while breastfeeding, then don’t.⠀⠀
You have to be confident in your choice, no one can or should make this decision for you.⠀⠀
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If you are newly postpartum, consider that your alcohol tolerance will be low. After all, it’s been 9+ months since you’ve likely had your last drink! ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Moderation is key, know your limit and stay aware of your consumption.⠀⠀
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🍻 Cheers! ⠀⠀

Source: KellyMom⠀