Since you’ve been pregnant you gave up alcohol and might have also given up alcohol while breastfeeding. And now you're wondering if you can still go out and have a drink or two while breastfeeding? The short answer is yes. Your own body metabolises most of the alcohol before it gets into your milk. So one or two drinks is perfectly safe.
But does that mean it's right for you? If you are wondering about breastfeeding and alcohol we have two case studies to tell you about and you can choose which mum you want to be (they both sound pretty fantastic to us!).
This is Chelsea. Chelsea has an 8 month old son who keeps her up most nights from 2am-6am when he’s a restless, cluster feeder. But Chelsea has said Screw It and decided to go out anyway with her friend Sarah. Chelsea has bought a fabulous glittery skirt and is pairing it with her black long sleeve Bshirt.
Her son will need a feed while she’s getting ready and another just before she leaves. She’s worried about the alcohol content in her breast milk because when Chelsea gets home she will need to feed again as she gets in the door as dad would have been holding a crying baby for a least an hour before he texts her to come home please! Chelsea leaves a bottle of expressed milk in the fridge just in case dad needs it. Later on, her son will chuck this bottle on the floor in a fit, but Dad does his best to hold it together until Chelsea returns home at 10pm.
Chelsea has decided to treat herself to some alcoholic drinks tonight! Since her baby refuses to drink her expressed milk in a bottle, she’s not really got the option to pump and dump. Does she need to? What is the low down on breastfeeding and alcohol? There is a debate and lots of information and advice on what she should do. She wants to enjoy herself but doesn’t want to get her baby drunk! Well, only if it guaranteed he’d sleep better. No, that’s a joke. Obviously. Don’t do that. Here is the best information out there on drinking alcohol while breastfeeding from that holy grail of sources, the La Leche League.
So go on Cocktail Mums! Breastfeeding and alcohol aren’t a problem if you’re sensible - so enjoy yourselves. But take our advice (cause you know, we’ve been there) - beware the morning after the night before!
This is Sarah. Sara’s daughter is 5 months old and sleeps well at night but is a very early waker. So Sarah isn’t able to get out at night much and is really looking forward to a night out with her friend.
Sarah’s not sure about the impacts of alcohol in her breast milk. She’s decided to skip it tonight as she’s so out of practice that she’ll get too tipsy after 1 drink anyway! But she’s still looking forward to getting dressed up and going out.
Sarah is wearing her Bshirt because she loves how comfy the fabric is while she is hanging out at home but she doesn't feel like a frumpy mum when she needs to go out. Sarah is able to pair her Bshirt with some smart trousers and heels that make her feel sophisticated.
Sarah’s daughter will be asleep when she leaves the house, but she’ll need a feed at 10pm. So when Sarah returns home she can just collapse into bed with her daughter and feed her. Her thoughts on alcohol and breastfeeding are that she’s happy to give it a miss and would rather play it safe. She’s not a big drinker so she’ll be ordering some Mocktails this evening because she likes how they make her feel glamorous and grown up.
Mocktails are just as much fun as having a little tipple and can be really fun to order! If you’re at the bar chat up the bartender (for old times sake!) and see what they can make you. If you’re at home go on and make a batch of Mojito Mocktails!
Sarah and Chelsea are having such a great night out! Next year the babies will be older and they might be able to start getting a sitter… date nights here they come!!
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