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