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Old 01-11-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Drinking while breastfeeding?

I am just curious. I am not a big drinker and don't plan on becoming one any time soon. I am just curious about drinking while bfing. Would it be safer to formula feed if you are a heavy drinker or is it safe to drink while bfing. I mean someone who drinks a lot and can't just pump if they are going to drink that day. To be clear this is just out of curiosity thanks guys!

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Old 01-11-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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I have had drinks. I make them weak, never get buzzed, and have only one per hour if I plan to still nurse. They also make strips to test your milk to be sure none is in it. I will not nurse if I plan to get a glow on.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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I have had drinks. I make them weak, never get buzzed, and have only one per hour if I plan to still nurse. They also make strips to test your milk to be sure none is in it. I will not nurse if I plan to get a glow on.
What she said.

ETA: I don't drink at all, not even a toast or a glass of wine while pregnant.
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Re: Drinking while breastfeeding?

I don't drink. It's a waste of breastmilk for me, personally. Having a drink or two is not worth wasting my baby's food. Heavy drinking is not an option, ever, so I don't know about that... but I would say that it'd be better to just stop breastfeeding if someone is a heavy drinker.
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I drink on occassion. Never so much I would have to pump and dump. Usually I nurse in then have a drink when I know that I have several hours before nursing again. (This when I was nursing more often. Now I only nurse a couple times. Day)
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I think it said wait 2 hrs or 3. But I never understood if light drink if that was from last drink or begin of drink.....but i agree not worth it if I can't feed baby....
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I drink on occassion. Never so much I would have to pump and dump. Usually I nurse in then have a drink when I know that I have several hours before nursing again. (This when I was nursing more often. Now I only nurse a couple times. Day)
There is no reason to 'pump and dump' if it is in your blood then it is in your milk - if you do not have much in your blood then not much is in your milk.

Of course if your in pain and engoraged from a very long night of drinking I would pump to realive pain but not because of drinking...

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I occasionally have a glass of wine or a drink with DH after the kids go to bed. I have never pumped and dumped.
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Like I said I don't drink. I was just curious about if an alcoholic with a baby should breast or formula feed.
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