- Experts generally recommend drinking no more than 1-2 alcoholic drinks in a week while breastfeeding. Having an average of at least one drink every day has been linked in research to slow weight gain and a decrease in gross motor development in infants who are nursing.
- If a breastfeeding mom consumes a large quantity of alcohol, there are potential side effects to your baby including: weakness, drowsiness, deep sleep, and abnormal weight gain. It can also be more difficult for a breastfeeding mother to get a good letdown reflex.
- A child’s medical stability should also be considered when deciding whether to have a drink. Newborns have much more immature organs. Because of this, even very small amounts of alcohol can be harder on an infant’s system than it would be on an older child. The same would be true if you are breastfeeding a child with immune deficiencies or medical difficulties.
- Premature infants also are less likely to be able to metabolize alcohol that may be present in breast milk. Therefore, it is recommended by most experts that moms who are breastfeeding preemies avoid breastfeeding their infants during the period of 2-3 hours after drinking alcoholic beverages.
But...as long as mommy is smart and uses moderation…alcohol is generally not a problem.
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