Once any issues during the early days of breastfeeding have subsided and things are falling into a routine for you and your new baby, the next question on your mind might be-“When can I have some drinks?!” Don’t worry, we’re not judging. You have been eyeing that bloody mary at brunch and longing for that glass of wine at dinner for quite some time now. Luckily, it all boils down to one rule of thumb-if you are too drunk to drive, you are too drunk to breastfeed. Seems easy enough, but let’s go over some specifics, just to be clear.
1) The age of your baby should be taken into consideration.
- Babies under 3 months old will metabolize alcohol much slower than an older baby or toddler would.
2) What is considered a ‘drink’?
- 1 drink is either 2 ounces of 80 proof liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer.
3) What type of drinking will you be doing?
- this would be 1-2 drinks, once or twice per week
- You do NOT need to do anything different. Watch baby for signs like being extra drowsy, but otherwise, you are okay to feed as normal.
- this is when you drink A LOT in short amount of time (e.g. your first girl’s night out after being pregnant for 10 months)
- Depending on when you nursed last, your best option is to pump and STORE. Yes, STORE the milk. No need to cry over the sink while you dump that liquid gold down the drain. Alcohol leaves breast milk at the same rate it leaves your blood.