Sometimes, especially after having a first child, women go overboard trying to be supermom. While I can appreciate the effort, often, it can backfire.
Take, for example, depriving yourself of a beer or glass of wine every now and again while nursing. If it’s something you enjoyed Before Baby then, by all means, don’t try to be a hero!
The occasional beer with your pizza or glass of wine with your bubble bath isn’t a big deal. Experts like Dr. Jack Newman, author of The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers are working hard to dispel that notion. According to About.com, “Nursing while you are drunk or frequently nursing when you’ve been drinking — those are problems. But, according to Newman, “Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all … Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.”
The whole NO ALCOHOL WHILE BREASTFEEDING thing is what was on my mind when reading this hilarious post from Tracy Moore on Jezebel called I Have A Toddler And This Is What Goes Through My Head When Someone Asks Me To Get Together For A Few Beers. Moore outlines the inner dialogue a breastfeeding mom deals with when asked by friends to go out for a drink.
Although the post is spot on when it comes to a new mom attempting to get out of the house for a few hours it’s the comments regarding drinking while breastfeeding that caught my eye.
Here’s a bit of what Moore wrote and the resulting commentary from readers:
Moore: I never get out. I would love a beer. Beer tastes so good. I, like, never have beers anymore. I used to love some beers, man. I’m still breastfeeding though, so, I mean, it’s not that I can’t drink at all — I totally can. I super can. It’s just that you can only have, like, one beer when you’re nursing. God, one beer makes me tired now.
LaComtesse: Not the rule (even if it’s a personal rule of Tracy’s). You can get totally lit while nursing… you just can’t nurse drunk. It’s not like there’s a tube that delivers the alcohol directly from your mouth to your tits and there it remains until your child drinks it and proceeds to drunk dial exes.
If you’re going out and you want to get drunk, and you’re not going to nurse the baby until the morning, when you would be sober (either you’re going to give pumped milk, or formula, or your baby sleeps through the night, you lucky assholes), have ALL the beers! Good adage: if you can drive you can nurse. The alcohol doesn’t stick around in your breast milk–it goes away, just like it leaves your bloodstream!
(One thing to consider, though, if you normally nurse at night and you’re going to skip on a drinking night, your boobs run the risk of getting engorged and uncomfortable. In this case, you CAN “pump and dump” while drunk… though it IS a weird feeling to use a breast pump while drunk. But if you’re not uncomfortable, no need to do this.)
Fakedaisies: I love you for saying this. I’m 9 months preggo, due to pop any day now, and I’ve read this before…but so many (very well-meaning but judgmental and/or unsolicited-advicey) ladies clasp their pearls and shriek about how, when you’re breastfeeding, you can’t even sit near someone who’s exhaled after drinking a beer, for chrissake. My own doc says exactly what you’ve said above, and dammit, when I’m able, I WILL be getting lit once in a while. Just pump ahead of time, ladies!
Space Racer: I didn’t know that either! Right now I’m five months into pregnancy and it’s a hot summer and my SO is drinking all the cold beers he likes, right in front of me, and I ask to smell them (really) because even the scent of a cold beer is better than nothing. And I was thinking, oh god, I have no idea when I will ever be able to enjoy another cold beer in the summer or a tall glass of Irish in the winter, because I intend to breastfeed and who knows how long that will go on. But if what you say is true, then by god… BY GOD… I could be tanked for Xmas, as is traditional in our household. I love you for giving me this information.
Yes, Space Racer, you CAN be tanked by for Christmas. And, if you’re the mother of a newborn spending the holidays with immediate family members then BY GOD, you SHOULD be tanked for Christmas while your mother-in-law tells you how you should be raising your baby. It’s the American way.
The elimination of alcohol from the milk is closely related to its elimination from the blood. If you’re interested in learning how long it takes alcohol to leave your system, according to the La Leche League website, ” If a woman weighs 100 lbs. (45 kg.) and has one drink, it will take 3.1 hours to clear her system. If she weighs 160 lbs. (72 kg.), it will take 1.9 hours to clear her system. It is not known whether this information applies to the lactating woman of the same weight as a non-lactating woman because of the research documenting differences in the processing of alcohol.
So it’s not like there is this store of tainted milk in your boobs after you drink that you need to pump and dump. The only reason you’d pump and dump is to keep your supply study or relieve engorgement.
Bottoms up, mama!
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