LLLI articles Alcohol and breastfeeding.
Up until around 3 months of age, infants detoxify alcohol at around half the rate of an adult. It's OK While Breastfeeding.
Unfortunately, contrary to what your friends may think, pumping breast milk and throwing away that milk, otherwise known as pumping and dumping, doesn't speed up the time it takes for alcohol to clear your body. Pumping and dumping does help relieve engorgement and maintain milk supply if you'll be skipping a breastfeeding session in order to grab a drink with friends.
Significant amounts of alcohol are secreted into breastmilk although it is not considered harmful to the infant if the amount and duration are limited.
There has been at least one report of a breastfeeding infant who displayed the signs and symptoms of a condition associated with increased cortisone levels in the body related to alcoholism, but whose symptoms vanished after the mother reduced her alcohol consumption.
Health Council of the Netherlands.
Older studies, some in animals, suggested that beer or more likely barley may stimulate prolactin levels. Find out more. Canadian Family Physician 2002;48: Yet if you plan on breastfeeding or are already breastfeeding, be careful about drinking alcohol since it passes into your breast milk and can cause harm to your little one. Because nursing infants are much smaller than adults, they will have significantly higher blood alcohol levels per dose of alcohol consumed.
While being a breastfeeding mom doesn't mean that you have to condemn yourself to a teetotal lifestyle, just remember that when it comes to drinking alcohol, it's easy to underestimate how much you're drinking. One often-cited study provided evidence that the 1-year-old infants of mothers who drink more heavily score lower in terms of motor skill development, but not mental development.
Developmental Psychobiology 1993;26: Mennella JA.
While your baby is exposed to just a small portion of the amount you drink, the alcohol stays in her body longer. In general, if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. Pseudo-Cushing syndrome caused by alcohol in breast milk.