Drinking Alcohol and breastfeeding. Are the two compatible?
Research says that the occasional drink, about twice a week, is
Less than 2% of the alcohol that you have consumed, is transferred
through your milk to your baby. Many mothers think that they need to pump and
dump milk after drinking alcohol, but pumping does not speed up the
elimination of alcohol from your breast milk.
Breastfeeding and drinking alcohol should be avoided altogether, until your baby is at
least three months of age. The reason for this, is that an infant's
liver cannot metabolize alcohol as easily.
Effects of Drinking Excessive Alcohol during Breastfeeding
More than one drink can affect milk let-down (the flow of your milk).
Drinking while breastfeeding can cause a decrease in milk production.
Babies have been noted to sleep less, if they receive small amounts of alcohol via the breast milk.
Alcohol when breastfeeding low weight: Slower weight gain has been noticed in infants, whose mothers drink alcohol.
Daily consumption of alcohol has been related to a decrease in motor skill development.
Your milk might taste differently, which could cause your baby to drink less.
Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding, can result in drowsiness, excessive sleeping and mental problems in your baby.