Even Bey­oncé can’t es­cape mom sham­ing with In­sta­gram picture

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 360 LIFE - By Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando nvil­lal­pando@states­man.com

Moth­ers of the world, stop your hat­ing on one an­other. When Bey­oncé posted a picture on In­sta­gram of her hav­ing a glass of wine a few days ago, the haters came out. The as­sump­tion was that Bey­oncé was nurs­ing her twins, and, there­fore, should not be drink­ing.

Of course, we don’t know if Bey­oncé is breast­feed­ing Rumi and Sir, who were born in June.

Even if she is, no­tice the picture doesn’t show Bey­oncé ac­tu­ally nurs­ing her twins while drink­ing (that would not be rec­om­mended).

What are the rules about breast­feed­ing and al­co­hol?

Here’s what the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics says:

■ Drink­ing beer does not in­crease your milk sup­ply, as ur­ban myth sug­gests.

■ Con­sum­ing al­co­hol of any kind may de­crease the amount of milk your baby drinks.

■ Al­co­hol can change the taste of your milk, and this may be ob­jec­tion­able to some ba­bies.

■ If you are go­ing to have an al­co­holic drink, it is best to do so just af­ter you nurse or pump milk rather than be­fore.

■ Al­low at least two hours per drink be­fore your next breast­feed­ing or pump­ing ses­sion. That way, your body will have as much time as pos­si­ble to rid it­self of the al­co­hol be­fore the next feed­ing and less will reach your in­fant.

■ One al­co­holic drink is the equiv­a­lent of a 12-ounce beer, 4-ounce glass of wine, or 1 ounce of hard liquor.

■ There are con­cerns about long-term, re­peated ex­po­sures of in­fants to al­co­hol via the mother’s milk, so mod­er­a­tion is def­i­nitely ad­vised.

■ Medula, the mak­ers of breast pumps, of­fers these tips:

■ Breast­feed your baby be­fore tak­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages. Avoid breast­feed­ing dur­ing and for 2-3 hours af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol.

■ Pump­ing does not get rid of the al­co­hol in breast milk quicker.

■ If you drink enough to feel “high,” ex­perts ad­vise wait­ing sev­eral hours be­fore nurs­ing the baby. You can pump dur­ing this time if you feel un­com­fort­ably full.

■ Con­sult your doc­tor about the need for dis­card­ing milk for two hours af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol. It may not be nec­es­sary.

■ When a big cel­e­bra­tion is planned, ar­range for some­one sober to help care for the baby.

Avoid drink­ing ex­ces­sive al­co­hol. Seek help from your doc­tor if you are con­cerned about your al­co­hol use.

Some med­i­ca­tions in­ter­act with al­co­hol. Check with your doc­tor.

Also re­mem­ber, that while sleep­ing with your baby in the same bed is not rec­om­mended, it’s es­pe­cially not rec­om­mended in par­ents who have been drink­ing or are on med­i­ca­tion. Doc­tors have seen a higher rate in suf­fo­ca­tion or sud­den in­fant death syn­drome when that hap­pens.

Does your child’s teacher need a class pet? How to get one for free

I am the daugh­ter of an elementary school teacher. My mom had in her class­room guinea pigs, a rab­bit, chick­ens, an iguana, her­mit crabs, a cray­fish, but­ter­flies, opos­sum ba­bies, and I’m sure more an­i­mals that I’ve some­how for­got­ten. This meant that we also had these an­i­mals in our home on the week­ends, sum­mer, spring and win­ter breaks. It was fab­u­lous.

My kids have had the ger­bils that wouldn’t stop mat­ing, hiss­ing cock­roaches, chick­ens, goats, ducks, tur­tles, snakes, ther­apy dogs, fish and snail aquar­i­ums, and more at their schools. It’s made for a rich, hand­son en­vi­ron­ment for my chil­dren.

Get­ting a class pet can be an ex­pen­sive proposition for teach­ers (who we all know spend a lot of their own money on school sup­plies for your chil­dren). Pets in the Class­room is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps teach­ers put pets in their class­room by giv­ing out $75 grants to buy a small an­i­mal or $125 grants for a rep­tile, am­phib­ian or aquar­ium as well as $50 sus­tain­ing grants to main­tain the cur­rent pet. To qual­ify, a teacher just has to go to www.petsinthe­class­room.org and fill out the ap­pli­ca­tion. They have to teach in a pub­lic or pri­vate school class­room in grades Pre-K through ninth. Home school or an in-home day care doesn’t qual­ify.

They sug­gest that you wait to find out about class­room al­ler­gies be­fore ap­ply­ing for a new-an­i­mal grant, so you know what kind of an­i­mal to ask for. You can only ap­ply once per year.

Warn­ing to par­ents, though: We are now the proud own­ers of a chin­chilla, a bearded dragon, an aquar­ium with some of the snails from fourth-grade, as well as the cats and dog. Why? Ev­ery en­counter with a new an­i­mal in school made my chil­dren want one for home. I have man­aged to not give in to the fre­quent re­quests for a snake, though.

And if you are a par­ent whose child made you get that pet guinea pig only to have that guinea pig be ig­nored by said child, con­sider do­nat­ing the guinea pig to your lo­cal school. Call up the of­fice and ask the staff to ask teach­ers if they would like it for their class­room. Your guinea pig will get loved from 25 ea­ger new own­ers in that class­room.

Bey­oncé’s In­sta­gram post shows her hav­ing a glass of wine. And then the com­ments and judg­ments fol­lowed.


Yang Vil­lal­pando, a bearded dragon, came to our home af­ter the Vil­lal­pando chil­dren learned about car­ing for rep­tiles with school pets.

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