Alcohol passes through your milk to your baby, so it's best to avoid drinking alcohol while breastfeeding. Drinking beer does not increase your milk supply, as urban myth s suggests. Consuming alcohol of any kind may decrease the amount of milk your baby drinks. Breastfeeding your child while consuming alcohol can pose a risk to your infant if he or she consume breast milk with alcohol. Expressing or pumping milk after drinking alcohol, and then discarding it "pumping and dumping" , does NOT reduce the amount of alcohol present in your milk quicker. As your alcohol blood level falls over time, the level of alcohol in your breast milk will also decrease.
The death of baby Sapphire Rose in the Far North is a tragedy that highlights the risks of drinking alcohol while breastfeeding. The coroner found it was more likely than not the alcohol was passed to the baby through her mother's breast, and she recommended breastfeeding mothers not consume alcohol at any stage. Sapphire and her twin sister were born prematurely and suffered related medical conditions.
We review the evidence on drinking alcohol while breastfeeding to determine if it will harm your baby or your milk supply. As a new mom and business owner, my life can get a bit overwhelming, which means that I occasionally reach for a glass or two of wine to help me unwind after a long day! To say the least, us women have received a ton of mixed messages on the topic, not to mention a lot of shaming if we choose to indulge. Confused yet?