K.E. asks from Lewisville, TX on May 23, 2007
Question About Pumping/feeding,,,
Hey! Okay so I am thinking about going out one night sometime this month but I am breastfeeding. I know you aren't supossed to drink alcohol while breastfeeding, so this is where I'm stumped. I do have a pump, but you can only pump so much milk in advance while you wait for more to come in correct? I figure if I go out one night I won't be able to breastfeed her again till the next morning? Or do I have to wait longer? How many bottles would I need to pump? She eats about every 2 hours right now. Would it just make more sense if I pumped and fed her formula for that one night? Thanks for your advice! =)
A. answers from Dallas on May 23, 2007
My pediatrician, and most people I've talked to, agree that alcohol is metabolized in your milk as fast as it is in your blood. So if you feel tipsy, don't nurse, and pump/dump. But if you feel fine, your milk is fine, and there's no need to dump it.
I wouldn't feel bad having a glass of wine, and wouldn't dump any pumped breastmilk. If I had a crazy night and drank a lot and ended up drunk, I'd pump and dump until the next day. But I don't recommend getting too drunk with an infant, because you don't get to sleep it off! ;-)
J.M. answers from Dallas on May 23, 2007
Just wanted to agree with other person that alcohol in your milk works the same as in your blood. If you have a beer or glass of wine it is usually out of your system after about an hour. There is no need to pump and dump unless you have a large number of drinks or become so engorged that you need to pump.
L.A. answers from Dallas on May 23, 2007
I nurse and I have an occasional glass of wine with dinner. I do not pump/dump. My pedi says the same as what another mamma said...if you do not feel tipsy then your baby will be fine.
R. answers from Dallas on May 23, 2007
I always went by the 12hr rule.. I read it somewhere a long time ago and so I would pump enough before I went out to last and then for 12hrs after I finished drinking I would pump and dump. I wouldn't rely on formula because some babies can't tolerate it and it's recommended that you gradually introduce it to breastfed babies. You could probably start doing that now so that you could supplement when you're ready to go out. But really, I think it's easier to just pump extra and store it and then dump out the potentially alcoholic milk. If you're just having one drink, I wouldn't worry about it at all. But, if you plan on getting smashed (and I'm sure after 9months you deserve to :) ) Then I would pump and dump for 12hrs after.
M.P. answers from Dallas on May 24, 2007
My pediatrician told me that if I were to drink any alcohol, the best bet is to wait 24 hours before breast feeding my daughter.
G.R. answers from Dallas on May 23, 2007
Somewhere I'm not sure where. There are these strips that you can buy and it will tell you if you have alcohol in you breast milk. If you don't drink alot and the strip show your milk is negative for alcohol them you can breastfeed her as normal. But you may want to atleast pump out one extra bottle a week. then you will have four bottles ready for when you go out. You can pump after she eats each time and it put it in the frig. Then once you ahve a 4oz bottle put it in the freezer and she and you should be good to go.
M.F. answers from Dallas on May 23, 2007
You can pump after feedings to save up some milk for your outing. Most people tend to be fullest in the morning, so maybe pump after your first morning feeding every day and freeze it. Defrost it the afternoon before you go out (it's only good for 24hours after you defrost it). You can use it to make a couple of 4 ounce bottles, then leave formula just in case.
As far as pumping and dumping, one drink shouldn't do anyone any harm. If you drink more, you probably want to formula feed through the night or used your stored milk, then nurse in the morning.