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Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?
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Anything that you put into your body while you are pregnant or breastfeeding can have an effect on your baby. This includes alcohol.

However, research shows that occasional drinking, such as one or two units once or twice a week, is not harmful to your baby while you are breastfeeding. Drinking any more than this can cause problems, such as affecting the mother's 'let down' reflex (release of milk to the nipple area). One unit is roughly equivalent to half a pint of regular beer, a 25ml shot of spirits, or a small (125ml) glass of wine.

Alcohol clears from the mother's blood at a rate of about one unit every two hours. If you do decide to have a drink, it's a good idea to wait for a couple of hours before breastfeeding. It can be difficult to predict when your baby may want to feed, so some mothers plan ahead and express milk beforehand for special occasions where they may want to have a drink.

Moderation is key - drinking anymore than a couple of units at a time can affect the baby's development and reduce your milk supply. Small amounts of alcohol pass into breast milk, making it smell different, which may affect your baby's feeding, sleeping or digestion. To be on the safe side, some women choose to avoid alcohol altogether while they are breastfeeding.

The above answer is complete and accurate. From an experience perspective, one of my babies was quite fussy and slept very little. As a result, I became overtired and anxious. My family doctor recommended that I drink one beer in the evening, after dinner, to encourage milk production and relieve the tension. I was surprised, but it worked. Of course, had I any history of alcohol abuse, this would never have been suggested.
I totally agree with total health team that during pregnancy or breast feeding, one needs to take proper care on their drinking & eating habit. Since wrong eating ways can have adverse effect on health or mind of the new born.
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