Breastfeeding and Alcohol

6 mo.
Helen Hansen

The latest research results show that when a breastfeeding mother drinks alcohol, the quantity of alcohol in the milk is exactly the same as in the bloodstream. However, when the promille of alcohol in the blood decreases the promille in the milk decreases accordingly. In other words, it is not true that the alcohol remains in the breast milk, as was the common opinion previously.

Alcohol is absorbed into the body through the stomach or the small intestine, and can be measured in the blood few minutes after consumption. If you eat food rich in fatty content together with the alcohol, the absorption of alcohol into the blood is delayed, however the combustion of alcohol is more or less constant ...

If you breastfeed your daughter before you go out and if you do not drink more than one single glass of wine or one beer, under normal circumstances, it is all right to breastfeed 4-6 hours later. You have to make sure, though, that you do not drink more alcohol than your body can burn before you breastfeed again. There is nothing you can do to speed up the combustion, and I think that it takes approx. two hours for women to burn one glass of wine ...

Should you worry that the promille of alcohol in your bloodstream is too high, I advice you not to breastfeed your daughter. You have to express and condemn the milk and offer your daughter formula milk or milk, you have expressed previously, instead.

As to the quantity of milk you need to express and condemn, you are to express the milk as long as the milk runs in a steady stream. As soon as you fill that it is difficult to work with the breast pump, and you have to work hard to express more milk, it is a sign that the breast is about to be empty.

I hope this is helpful. I wish you and your daughter the best of luck:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen


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