Many parents worry about drinking alcohol while breastfeeding. That’s a very valid concern, especially when we consider how much we are cautioned against drinking alcoholic beverages while enciente, because of the risks to the child.
But a drink or two while breastfeeding is OKAY – and you do not have to “pump and dump,” either! If you don’t believe me, check out this FAQ on Alcohol from La Leche League.
An IBCLC colleague of mine, Tina, of the MILC Group, did offer a good reminder: because our hormonal chemistry is different while breastfeeding, and because you may have avoided alcohol for the better part of a year during pregnancy, your tolerance for alcohol will be different. So, as always, drink responsibly!
Enjoy your New Year’s celebrations, Mamas! See you in 2015!
A disclaimer: I am not telling anyone to drink, nor encouraging anyone to do anything they are not safe or comfortable doing. Please use your best judgement and consult a health care professional for advice specific to your situation.