A SMALL AMOUNT OF AL­CO­HOL IS OKAY WHEN YOU’RE BREAST­FEED­ING

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Although al­co­hol con­sump­tion is never en­cour­aged, there may be an oc­ca­sion to feel in­cluded in a celebration and be a part of the festivities. Be­sides the ef­fect al­co­hol could have on your baby, it can slow the let-down of milk from your breasts. Plan to feed your baby first, and then to­gether with a meal, have your drink. One al­co­hol serv­ing, that is: 90ml of white wine or 75ml of red wine or a tot/sin­gle mea­sure (25ml) of spirit or a glass of beer (250ml), passes into your blood­stream within 90 min­utes and is out of your sys­tem within three hours. Hav­ing a meal with a drink in­creases the speed of ab­sorp­tion. If your baby has set­tled into a good feed­ing pat­tern, then hav­ing a glass of wine with a meal, timed af­ter a breast­feed, will most likely en­sure that by the next feed time there’s nothing to worry about. Some­times just serv­ing a drink, not nec­es­sar­ily al­co­holic, in a fancy cham­pagne glass can cre­ate the same feeling. There are test strips that can be pur­chased to de­tect al­co­hol in ex­pressed breast­milk.

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