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How to Breastfeed: Drinking Alcohol

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Some mothers may be concerned that when they drink alcohol it will be passed through their breast milk to their baby.? It's true that alcohol does pass into a mother's breast milk, but usually only in small amounts. Drinking alcohol in moderation is safe when you're breastfeeding. Experts agree that consuming one alcoholic beverage per day is a safe amount for?breastfeeding?mothers. This is equal to one 12 oz. beer, one glass of wine or 1.5 oz. of hard liquor.? However, it's important to keep track of the time passed since consuming alcohol. For example, 30 to 60 minutes after drinking, the levels of alcohol peak in a mother's blood and with it, her breast milk. At this point, a small amount of alcohol passes into the breast milk.? Another factor to consider is that alcohol has been shown to suppress oxytocin, which is a hormone involved in lactation. When this hormone is suppressed, a baby will receive less milk from the mother when breastfeeding.? One option for reducing your baby's exposure to alcohol is by pumping and discarding your breast milk during the peak alcohol level. Another option is to pump breast milk beforehand and use it to feed your baby when your alcohol level is high.? For more information about alcohol and breastfeeding, you can go to the Infant Risk Center at to make an informed decision of your own. Read more by visiting our page at:
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