I have been advised by LC's to breastfeed as opposed to formula if I have had a drink. The ABA has similar recommendations:
"...it is generally better to breastfeed with a small amount of alcohol in your system than to feed your baby artificial baby milk. There are risks in feeding your baby artificial baby milk."
However I personally prefer to use formula or EBM if I know there is likely alcohol still in my milk.
Most times though, if I have a glass of wine, I make sure it's just after he gets put down, so it is well & truly out of my system when he feeds next.
I personally couldn't care less if mothers drink and breastfeed. But I find it hilarious that women were flayed for cutting down to one cigarette a day when pregnant, and that the same people saying they drink also claim that vaccines are poison - for which there is no scientific evidence whatsoever. Talk about cherry picking scientific advice.
This from the mayo clinic "Breast-feeding and alcohol don't mix well. There's no level of alcohol in breast milk that's considered safe for a baby to drink."
I personally a few wines when pregnant with my first. Not with the others.
I havent read all the replies but am surprised by the pump and dump regime. Just like alcohol in the blood the content in breast milk rises and falls in the same way. So expressing then feeding is pointless if you still have a blood alcohol reading.
I am breastfeeding and drink - usually one or two drinks a week. I will have one drink once DS has had his evening feed and is in bed. If I plan on having a few drinks we have EBM in the freezer.
Tam-I-am has posted lots of info and links regarding the benefits of breast feeding with small amounts of alcohol (very little actually passes into the breast milk, and the amount lessens with blood alcohol level as others have mentioned) outweighing the risks of switching to formula. If you need to see the evidence, maybe a search will show the links.
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