Posted by: help pls | 2006/11/08



hi. I am breastfeeding and my baby is now 5mnts and 2w. Can I have a drink or two what will this do to my baby. Thank you so much

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Traces of virtually anything you eat or drink will pass into your breast milk and can have an effect on your baby. I would be against you taking any alcohol while you are breast feeding your infant.

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Posted by: Purple | 2006/11/08

The official word on alcohol and breastfeeding is no drinking. However, one to two small glasses of wine or beer per week are all right.

Its takes an hour for your body to metabolise alcohol, so if you have a drink, have it immediately after feeding your baby, and hopefully baby will not need to feed in the next hour.

Some women complain that if they feed their babies within an hour of a glass of wine, that their babies get niggly and vomit. If that happened to me I wouldn't test to see if it was the alcohol, I just wouldn't have another drink.

I had half a glass of champagne when my baby was 6 weeks old, and I had a savanah light when he was around 5 months.

Don't have any spirits, and definitely not more than one to two drinks per week - and not both on the same night.

Mums with babies under three months shouldn't drink in the evenings, as babies cluster feed then and want to feed so often that the alcohol won't be out of your milk and blood stream before baby wants next feed.

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