What are the rules on drinking and breastfeeding?

I have a question, I breastfeed my son, and I am attending an event and might want to have a drink. I breastfeed, but I’ve got a whole deep freezer full of milk saved. What are the rules of “ pump and dump “ when alcohol is consumed? He’s eight months old, and I pump, and he takes a bottle.

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If you’re sober enough to feed you really don’t need to dump. There is so much research behind this.

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If your safe to hold him your safe to feed him… no need to pump n dump! Xx

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People really seem to be making their own rules these days :woman_shrugging:

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My doctor told me if you are sober enough to work your pump, you don’t need to dump!

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I was told 24 hours. But idk…

If you can drive, you can nurse. I personally never pumped and dumed. My child is healthy. (Not saying “mine survived yours will too” just puting our bf journey out there)

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The pediatrician and lactation consultant told me (10 months ago) that if I can find the baby, I can feed the baby. :joy:

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You dont need to pump and dump. It leaves your milk like it does your blood. If you’re sober to drive, you’re sober enough to nurse. The main concern about nursing while “drunk” isnt about the content in your milk, it’s because you’re more likely to drop baby, fall asleep on them, etc

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I don’t know about alcohol but when I had surgery they said 48 hours. My son was a week old.

I breast fed 5 babies until their second birthdays and drank with all of them! I pumped and dumped once, when I was out of town and was only pumping to keep my supply up! If you can drive, you can feed!

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I was told by lactation nurse that once you feel it is when you need to pump dump. They also make strips that you can test the alcohol level in your milk so you know for sure if it needs to be dumped.

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I always go by “if you can drive, you can nurse”. But if you really want to make sure, target sells alcohol testing strips.

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I was told pump and dump was an old way of thinking - and dark lagers are actually good for increasing milk production. Just pace yourself when drinking and you’ll be fine. Talk to your dr. if you are worried. Honestly I didn’t have time to get drunk enough to even get worried while breastfeeding I was so busy and tired haha :joy::ok_hand:

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No need to pump and dump. You’d literally have to be black out drunk before there was enough alcohol in your system to affect your milk supply.

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If you google “breastfeeding and alcohol,” the CDC has data and recommendations that include “Not drinking alcohol is the safest option for breastfeeding mothers. However, moderate alcohol consumption (up to 1 drink/day) is not known to be harmful to the infant.”

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The WHO recommends waiting a minimum of two hours after drinking to breastfeed (but preferably 3 or 4 hours). By that point the alcohol should be out of your blood stream/milk. No need to pump and dump. :slight_smile:

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These sober enough coments don’t make any sense :angry::angry::astonished::astonished: I can have about 10 drinks and be sober enough to feed the baby doesn’t mean I should be breastfeeding after that much alcohol intake ! !.. everyone has a different alcohol tolerance !!! You should not breastfeed while being under the influence. … doesn’t matter if you feel sober enough jeez !

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My doctor told me that alcohol leaves your milk at the same rate it leaves your blood. On the few occasions that I’ve had a drink since having my baby, if I feel tipsy at all, I’ll pump and dump and use some of my freezer stash just to be safe but if it’s been a few hours since my last drink, I won’t worry about it. Target and Walmart also sell little packs of alcohol testing strips ($10 for a pack of 5 I think?) that you can dip in your breastmilk and it will tell you if there’s alcohol present.

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https://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/tips-and-solutions/35/alcohol-use-by-the-breastfeeding-mother

Both share the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.