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Drinking and breastfeeding: Are there any dangers?

No, we are not talking about drinking water. 

We are talking about drinking alcohol. Maybe we will get around to talking about how much water breastfeeding women should drink but for now, we are talking about intoxicating drinks.

Frankly, I am not sure why there is even a debate as to whether or not one should drink while breastfeeding but apparently, the existing medical literature is not completely clear on that hence, the confusion. 

Personally, I would advise that you don’t drink during the lactation period. Besides, we all know that drinking alcohol while pregnant is severely frowned upon so shouldn’t it be the same as when a woman is breastfeeding? But oh well, what do I know? I am not a medical practitioner so let’s see what medicine has to say.

According to research, alcohol travels fast into the bloodstream and doctors say that when babies taste the alcohol in the breast milk, it discourages them from feeding. In the long run, this could lead to serious health complications as a result of malnutrition (especially if they are solely dependent on breast milk). Also, it has been linked to developmental and cognitive problems.

This is why the American Association of Paediatricians (AAP) suggests that mothers should not drink less than 2 hours before feeding time to give the alcohol in their bloodstream enough time to dissipate. Other doctors suggest 4 hours to be on the safe side. 

Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding is absolutely unacceptable, even if it is not a beer you are drinking. If you must drink hours before breastfeeding, keep it to a glad of wine or a small bottle of beer. Nothing more. 

To avoid complications, have freshly expressed milk handy in case your baby wants to feed unexpectedly. 

As for me, I would suggest that you refrain completely from alcohol while breastfeeding but now you know the recommendations made by medicine.

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