Breastfeeding and Booze?! Scandalous!
As a new mom you might be exhausted. Un-showered. Overwhelmed. And…if you imbibe….really ready for that glass of wine. Or amazing dark craft beer made locally(or maybe that’s just me), or even a lovely margarita. No matter what your indulgence of choice is, no doubt some wise woman somewhere has advised you to pump and dump. Pump that lovely liquid gold that you’ve worked so hard for, and dump it right down the drain because you chose an alcoholic beverage!
What’s a mama to do?!
I’m here to tell you – have that cocktail, gorgeous! Enjoy! The myth of pump and dump is just that!
Current research from the AAP, La Leche League and Hales, says that occasional use of alcohol (1-2 drinks) does not appear to be harmful to the nursing baby. In general, if you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk.
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) & La Leche League both agree women can continue breastfeeding with moderate alcohol intake. Chronic or heavy users should not breastfeed.
Sadly, the myth of beer increasing milk supply is scientifically unproven, and, may actually inhibit let down in some women.
**Please note this is based on an average cocktail (2oz of liquor)/8 oz of wine/2 beers**