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**
I am a certified lactation counselor (CLC). I’m proud of that certification. I worked hard for it. I’m passionate about breastfeeding, and the normalization of breastfeeding. I exclusively breastfed both of my children. We did child lead weaning. I’ve supported and encouraged many friends, and clients in their breastfeeding journey.
But get ready for this –
As your doula – I. Don’t. Care. How. You. Feed. Your. Baby.
I don’t care. It’s your choice. I don’t judge.
I don’t think formula is evil. I don’t think you and your baby are doomed if you choose to or have to exclusively formula feed or supplement.
I will advocate for breastfeeding. I’m the first to step up and tell you all the wonderful benefits to mom and baby IF you’re on the fence. Or, if you want to hear it.
We all have a reason for the choices we make, and I trust that our reasons are very good reasons.
Calm, gentle, nonjudgmental support for all families.