Alcohol and Breastfeeding

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Drinking while BFing...
    Should never happen : (14 votes)
    11 %
    Is probably okay in moderation : (116 votes)
    89 %
  • Post # 2
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I think that waitress should have minded her own business.

    I’m glad the charges were dropped and the waitress was fired. That’s the sort of thing that irritates me so much. I’m looking forward to TTC, but I am not looking forward to the pregnancy and nursing nazis that are going to be watching my every move sanctimoniously.

    Post # 4
    9856 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Cory_loves_this_girl:  I know that the hospital back home will give women a beer if they’re gaving trouble getting their milk to come in.  My sister was told that as long as you’re not actually getting DRUNK then it’s generally okay.  A glass or 2 here and there isn’t going to hurt the baby.

    Post # 5
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Unless she was chugging beers with the baby hanging off her boob the waitress had no business getting involved and even then I hesitate for someone to get involved in a matter that doesn’t involve them.  For all the waitress knew, the mom was going to pump and dump at home before feeding her baby.  Plus, I don’t see anything wrong with a beer here and there even while breastfeeding, just so long as mom isn’t tipsy or drunk.

    Post # 6
    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Cory_loves_this_girl:  My mil was advised to drink milk stout when she had trouble breast-feeding. In moderation as far as I understand but the funny thing is it worked, it increased her milk supply.  My grandparents were told to dip my fathers dummy into brandy everynight before giving it to him, he was born with knotted intestines so he needed the alcohol else he wouldn’t sleep. My dad is perfectly fine, in fact he is one of the healthiest and strongest people I know. I understand the second is a very specific case.

    Many doctors allow pregnant women to have a glass of red wine every once in a while they are pregnant so I don’t really see a difference. If she wasn’t drunk or drinkly excessively or breast feeding at that point it is ridiculous

    Post # 7
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I think that whomever signed off for filing the charges should be fired, too. People need to learn to mind their own damn business. Think whatever you like, but keep it all in your (general use of the term) crazy head and don’t inflict it on the rest of the world.

    Post # 8
    12865 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It’s not something I would do, but if someone else chooses to do it (responsibly) and poses no harm to their child, that’s fine by me.

    Post # 9
    7664 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    In the olden days (my grandparents’ generation), women were encouraged to drink stout whilst breastfeeding… it was a good deal cleaner than the water, and helped their milk come in.

    Post # 11
    419 posts
    Helper bee

    I have no issue with the lady drinking a few beers- IMO that’s fine to do and if it harmed babies my German/Irish family tree would be littered with FAS babies (it’s not). BUT I sort of also feel bad for the waitress. She’s probably not really that educated about things, has been scared by purtianical culture that beer is the devil, called her MOM who probably started that whole upbringing for advice and now she’s fired. It’s all because we as a culture OFTEN nag, henpeck, butt into women’s lives when pregnant or with an infant under the guise of protecting children. She didn’t single handedly start that culture. She just got swept up in it and isn’t good at critical thinking or well read in scientific literature. She’s a waitress. Well now she’s unemployed because she did what she thought (completely incorrectly) that she was doing the right thing. 

    Post # 12
    8480 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    There is no issue with drinking while breasfeeding if it’s done in moderation.  Certain types of beers actually help to increase milk production.

    Having her arrested?  People need to mind their own business.  It’s hard to get the full story here…was this this lady obviously drunk/stumbling and her baby was currently breastfeeding at that moment?  Or was the baby just there?  How do we know how many she had to drink?  ETC.

    Post # 14
    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    How sad that she had to go through that!

    I am personally the most careful person EVER, but when DD was 3 months old, and I was with friends on NYE, I had a glass of wine without guilt!

    If you feel the alcohol, so will baby. A drink or two spead out is not going to accumulate enough in your BM to cause harm.

    Post # 15
    2501 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Cory_loves_this_girl:  This story bothers me SO MUCH for different reasons. ( I think drinking while BF is ok in moderation, I will probably follow the “OK to drive, ok to nurse” rule) Clearly if you a shit faced you probably shouldnt nurse lol, but a beer or two while eating is likely fine.

    First, she was ARRESTED for doing nothing illegal. That scares the hell out of me. Guily until proven innocent? What is wrong with that cop? (Seriously, my FI is a cop, I don’t think this was a normal reaction. If the cop was concerned that she was intoxicated he should have told her to not nurse for a bit, make sure she doesn’t drive home ect maybe have someone sober come and get the baby…not ARREST HER)

    Additionally ,at the very least  that cop should have gotten PROOF that she was intoxicated by offering a breathalyzer if he was going to arrest her

    How does that not scare everyone that you can be arrested for nothing??

    Second, the waitress is a busybody who was rightfully fired and should have minded her own business. (Remind me not to visit AR, K?) haha

    If I was that mother I would be suing the police department, waitress and restaurant. So ridiculous!

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