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How long should I wait to breastfeed after I've had a few drinks?

11 answers
3 years ago
I'm currently pregnant. I've got quite some time to go still, but have made the decision to breastfeed! I'm not much of a drinker, never really have been. But some time after I give birth, I planned on having one night of drinking while my boyfriend cares for our baby.. and possibly me. I planned on pumping out a few bottles before hand so baby can eat alcohol-free. I was wondering, how long should I wait after a night of a few drinks to breastfeed? If I drink lots of water, then pump most of the milk out the morning after, will the new milk be alcohol free or should I wait another day? Suggestions appreciated! :)

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3 years ago
like 3 days to make sure
3 years ago
That sounds even better, better safe than sorry! Thanks!
3 years ago
Go to Kellymom.com for any breastfeeding questions.  Alcohol is not stored in breastmilk, so pumping and dumping is not necessary.  If you are still feeling the effects of alcohol then the baby would also.  There are strips to test your milk for alcohol levels, this would be your safest bet. If you don't breastfeed for three days, it could seriously damage your supply and potentially cause latching issues with your child if they become more accustomed to the faster flow of a bottle.  
3 years ago
Usually by the time you actually feel like nursing, you're safe to nurse! My sister got married 6 weeks after I had my daughter, and I had a few drinks that night. I pumped through the night on my regular feeding schedule to make sure my milk supply would stay steady, and to prevent engorgement (I had a very tight fitting MOH dress, so I didn't have any room to spare!). I dumped the milk I pumped during the night, and started nursing again in the morning. My only warning is to make sure you have somebody to watch baby. A very high number of SIDS deaths are amoung parents that have been drinking. Also, wait until breastfeeding is well established before you do it. The last thing you want is one night of partying to screw up all the work you put into breastfeeding!
3 years ago
Thank you very much! Great great advice!! Not to worry, I'll be in the confines of my home with my sober boyfriend caring for us both :) We have enough sense that we know one of us needs to stay sober when the other feels like letting loose a little
3 years ago
I agree make sure that you dont go days without nursing it can affect the babies latching on since it is different for them to latch on to your breast then to suck out of a bottle nipple. I was told by the lactation consultant that it takes one drink up to two hours to get through your body.. therefore I would plan accordingly if you were only going to have a drink then nursing first then having a glass of wine is fine because by the time the baby goes back to nurse again it would be through your body.. however personally after we had our first baby in 09 I wanted to go out and have fun for the night.. I was 8 months pregnant for my 21st birthday and wanted to make it up lol.. and I will admit I drank wayy too much but by the next day I nursed again once I was no longer feeling any of the affects of the alcohol.. the hangover and headache were another story though.. have fun and congrats on deciding to breastfeed.. I did it for 14 months with our daughter and am currently nursing our 6 week old.. its the most rewarding thing =)
3 years ago
I agree with a few of the other posts thats if your feeling it then the baby will so it's not a good idea. Get the alcohol test strips just to be safe.  Everyone's body metabloizes alcohol differently and you wouldn't want to harm your baby.  Chances are if your questioning whether you should or shouldn't... go with your first mothering instinct... and don't BF until your sure.
3 years ago
I agree with a few of the other posts thats if your feeling it then the baby will so it's not a good idea. Get the alcohol test strips just to be safe.  Everyone's body metabloizes alcohol differently and you wouldn't want to harm your baby.  Chances are if your questioning whether you should or shouldn't... go with your first mothering instinct... and don't BF until your sure.
3 years ago
It depends on how much you drink, I also agree with some of the others (If you're feeling it so will the baby) I heard waiting 4 hours will usually do the trick and thats what I've gone by. Make sure you gauge your baby's reaction. (I also use the site babycenter.com)
3 years ago
When I was pumping and nursing my dr told me to wait 1 hr for every drink I have before pumping or nursing. It's just like any other person drinking. It takes 1 hr or so for all of the alcohol to get out of your system.Stick with that and you'll be good to go!

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