(Closed) Breastfeeding and Alcohol

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I abstained all-together.  I read about test strips that could tell you if you were safe to nurse, but they weren’t alwyas accurate according to some reviews, so I decided to just err on the side of caution.

Post # 4
128 posts
Blushing bee

I only had one drink while breast feeding. I previously pumped enough milk for a day and after drinking pumped again and disgarded it down the sink.. 

Post # 5
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I didn’t drink until my Dear Daughter was over 1 and I could go the full 24 hours that it take alcohol to get out of your system to breastfeed.Personally, I am just a little paranoid about it but I have known woman we have a had a beer or a glass of wine while breast-feeding and never had any issues. FYI pump and dump doesn’t work because if you still have alcohol in your system then it is still present in breast milk.

Post # 6
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I abstained as well for the 18 months I breast fed. But all my friends pump and dump. I love that term. pump and dump. save the milk from the day before and then pump out the breastmilk with alcohol in it and dump it.

Post # 7
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If I have 1-2 glasses of wine I still breastfeed as normal. Anything more than that I would pump and dump.

Post # 8
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I did a six hour pump and dump.  But I only drank one glass of wine at a time while BFing.

Post # 9
2820 posts
Sugar bee

Here’s two references on bf and alcohol



It’s a bit different than drinking while pregnant since when you’re pregnant the baby is sharing your blood supply, whereas breastfeeding baby is drinking a couple ounces of milk, which is thought to have the same alcohol content as  your blood.  So for example wine is 10% alcohol.  If you were on the line of too drunk to drive your milk would be 0.08% alcohol.  On the kellymom website she says in general if you’re sober enough to drive you’re sober enough to bf, though I wouldn’t feel right about getting that close to the line.  Typically if I’m going to have wine with dinner I try to feed her so I know there will be time in between when I have a drink and the next time, though I’m not worried after having one drink will effect her in anyway.  Your boobs aren’t closed systems either if you don’t pump all the milk out your body does continue to clear the alcohol, so it’s not like you have to get rid of all the milk that was in your body at the time you drank unless you’re getting engorged. And as with any medication, newborns are more sensitive.

Post # 10
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I will still breastfeed after one drink (usually there will be a couple of hours between my drinking and BFing since I will most likely be out with friends). If I can feel the effects I won’t Boyfriend or Best Friend.

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