Breastfeeding and Alcohol

Breastfeeding and Alcohol

What are the guidelines for drinking alcohol and breastfeeding? The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends limiting the amount you drink while nursing but does not recommend abstinence either. Alcohol does pass through to baby from the breast milk, it also may change the taste of your milk and it may decrease your milk supply. With that being said what is the recommended limit of alcohol in breastfeeding women? The AAP says no more than 0.5g of alcohol per kg the mom weighs. For a 132lb woman that means- 2 oz of liquor, 8 oz of wine or 2 beers. They also recommend to give your body time to eliminate the alcohol, wait 2 hours before pumping or nursing after your alcoholic drinks. With that being said, don’t feel guilty about enjoying some alcohol on your New Year’s Eve. As breast feeding specialist, Dr. Jack Newman, says: “Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.

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