Alcohol and Breastfeeding: Fact v. Fiction
Breastfeeding, despite being a very natural thing, can be surrounded by a lot of misconceptions, myths and complications that can throw any mom into a tizzy. How can you know if there's alcohol in your breast milk? Holidays, birthdays and other celebrations can sometimes be minefields for breastfeeding moms to navigate. Despite all the information that's out there about common breastfeeding myths, many moms are still unclear about fact v fiction when it comes to breastfeeding and alcohol. Join us as we sit down with UpSpring cofounder, Julie Jumonville, about the breastfeeding myths surrounding drinking alcohol while breastfeeding. Does pumping and dumping really work? Are alcohol test strips accurate? How is breast milk made and how much alcohol is passed to baby after drinking a glass of wine, beer or liquor? Watch the video below for all these questions about breastfeeding and alcohol answered!
Breastfeeding & Alcohol: Fact V Fiction
With the holidays around the corner, can you drink if you're breastfeeding? How long should you wait to breastfeed after drinking a glass of alcohol? We answer these questions and more with Julie Jumonville, inventor of Milkscreen, the first at-home detection test that detects alcohol in breast milk! SHARE with other moms who want to extend the life of their breastfeeding but still want to enjoy a (much deserved) glass of wine.Opublikowany przez UpSpring Baby Czwartek, 30 listopada 2017
Here are a few of the main myths about breastfeeding and alcohol ANSWERED:
1) How do I know if there's alcohol in my breast milk?
-- The answer is, it depends. Your individual metabolism is going to be different than the next mom. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great FAQ page that explains how alcohol passes through breast milk to baby, but that the average woman should wait 2 hours after having an alcoholic drink before breastfeeding their baby.
2) What is an unsafe blood alcohol level for breastfeeding?
-- The American Academy of Pediatrics says that anything over a .03 blood alcohol level is considered 'unsafe' for the baby. Since breast milk is made from blood, it's important to give your body enough time to metabolize the alcohol in your blood stream before breastfeeding your baby. Milkscreen's at-home alcohol test strips are formulated to detect anything .02 and higher, which helps give moms peace of mind while breastfeeding after having a glass of wine, beer or liquor.
3) How much alcohol can I drink before passing it on to my baby?
-- Again, every woman's metabolism is different, but on average the American Academy of Pediatrics says it's OK for a breastfeeding mom to have an occasional or celebratory drink in the amount of 1 oz of liquor, 4 oz of wine or 12 oz beer.
Breastfeeding, like the other parts of the motherhood journey, can come with many ups and downs. Next time you want to have a night out with the girls or unwind after a long day, rest easily knowing you're not passing alcohol along to your baby and use a Milkscreen alcohol test strip before feeding your little one. If you're looking for other information about common breastfeeding topics, please check out the rest of our blog including: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work, How to Know If You're Making Enough Milk, and Solutions to 6 Common Breastfeeding Issues.