Consuming Alcohol and breastfeeding

Question:

Is it true that when you drink alcohol the alcohol is only in your breast milk as long as it's in you're bloodstream? I read that once the alcohol has metabolized out of your blood then it is no longer in your breast milk. Therefore if you wait to pump/feed until you are completely sober there isn't any alcohol in your milk. Just trying to see if that's true

Answer:

Thank you for your question.  The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) Section on Breastfeeding states: “ingestion of alcoholic beverages should be minimized and limited to an occasional intake but no more than 0.5 g alcohol per kg body weight, which for a 60 kg mother is approximately 2 oz liquor, 8 oz wine, or 2 beers. Nursing should take place 2 hours or longer after the alcohol intake to minimize its concentration in the ingested milk.”  And from the website Kellymom: "Less than 2% of alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk. Alcohol peaks in mom’s blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking (but there is considerable variation from person to person, depending upon how much food was eaten in the same time period, mom’s body weight and percentage of body fat, etc.). Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels."  We hope this information is helpful for you. For more details: http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/lifestyle/alcohol/

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