Many new moms want to know if they can safely enjoy a glass of wine while still breastfeeding responsibly. The simple answer is yes; a moderate limited amount of alcohol will not harm your baby in any way.
Likewise, how long do I have to wait to breastfeed if I drink wine?
Since it takes your body 1 to 3 hours to metabolize (read: use up) the alcohol in your blood, best practice is to breastfeed your baby before your drink and then wait at least 2 hours before you snuggle up and breastfeed again.
Beside above, how much wine can I drink while breastfeeding?
“Elimination of alcohol from the body is not affected by pumping and dumping,” Kim Langdon, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist with over 19 years of clinical experience, explains. Instead, it is advised to wait two hours per drink before feeding your baby.
Can a baby get drunk through breast milk?
Can my baby get drunk from breast milk? If you nurse your baby too soon after drinking, your baby will consume alcohol, too. And babies cannot metabolize alcohol as quickly as adults, so they have longer exposure to it. “Your baby probably won’t become drunk from breast milk,” says Dr.
One study found that babies who had alcohol via breast milk slept for 25% less time than those who didn’t. Alcohol also disrupts the hormone that controls the let-down of breast milk. Babies take around 20% less milk in the three to four hours after alcohol is consumed, and so will compensate by feeding more often.
“Pumping and Dumping” Is Not Necessary
Many women have been advised to “pump and dump” their breast milk after consuming alcohol. This is completely unnecessary for keeping your baby safe.
They are minor and unlikely to have any long-term impact on your baby. The only way they would potentially cause problems is if you were to drink heavily throughout the day. The amount of alcohol that passes into breast milk is miniscule, less than a tenth of a percent of what you drink.
There is a good time to pump and dump: when your breasts are too engorged and they are becoming painful. If your baby isn’t hungry and you don’t have a place to store your extra milk for later, there’s no reason to be uncomfortable. Pump until you feel comfortable again, then dispose of the extra milk.