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Drinking and breastfeeding: how can I safely have an occasional drink?

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Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk. Alcohol peaks in mom’s blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking (but there is considerable variation from person to person, depending upon how much food was eaten in the same time period, mom’s body weight and percentage of body fat, etc.). Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels.


I nursed both of my kids and safely drank alcohol on occasion. Some nights I would want a glass of wine. After I would nurse my daughter around 9:00pm and put her down, I would drink one glass of wine. Then I wouldn't nurse for another 4 hours so the alcohol was completely out of my system.

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