Sharon George

"Can I drink alcohol when breastfeeding?" - Your breastfeeding questions answered.

written by Sharon George

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As Mum’s ourselves, we know what an intimidating prospect feeding your baby can be. Whether you opt for breastfeeding as Sam did or, if you can’t like Aly, the chances are you will attempt breast-feeding at some stage of motherhood.

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So, we decided to draw up a list of all the questions we had when it came to breast feeding and put them to Sharon George from the London Lactation Consultants, so that we could ensure that you had the best advice possible in an easy to digest format.

We are not saying ‘Breast Is Best’, what we are saying is that if you have any questions about breast feeding, we hope our breast feeding series might help you to answer them.

In the sixth installment from our breastfeeding series, Sharon answers “Can i drink alcohol when breastfeeding?”

Can I drink alcohol when breastfeeding?

Yes!

Again there are lots of anecdotes about this too, with suggestions such as ‘pump and dump’ your breastmilk.

We don’t do that with our blood supply after we’ve had a glass of wine….

Here is a useful link explaining the facts about alcohol and breastfeeding, along with information about medications and smoking too.

https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/wp-content/pdfs/BfN_how_safe_is_leaflet_2009.pdf

You will see that it explains that alcohol levels peak in a mother’s blood supply at between 30-90 minutes after she has finished her drink.

With a little bit of planning a mum can breastfeed her baby and then have a glass of wine, with plenty of time before her next feed, for example.

A glasss of wine is allowed!

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