Topic: Probably a Goobie Question :)

Okay Goobie - or anyone else....can anyone tell me exactly how long it takes alcohol to metabolize out of your system?  Everything I've found is very vague and talks about how the trace amounts of alcohol will not harm baby.....but I don't want to give my baby trace amounts of alcohol, I would rather avoid alcohol all together for the next year that I am nursing.  He almost always goes to bed at 8 and wakes up at 3....it's practically clockwork at this point.  So I'm thinking I could have one drink when he goes to bed and it would be completely metabolized by the time he gets up again....am I right?

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Here's some info:
http://www.lalecheleague.org/faq/alcohol.html

It should be perfectly fine.  When E was little we were on vacation and out to eat one night.. H ordered a fruity drink, and nursed E while she was drinking it, knowing that it takes some time for the alcohol to reach the milk, and filling E up at that time would give her the longest stretch until she would want more milk.  You should've seen the looks from strangers, tho!   tongue

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Scientifically, about 2 hours, per drink.  So if you had a glass of wine at 9pm, the alcohol would be so minimal by 11pm as to not really register.  A better rule of thumb is "if you can feel it, baby can too", so if you have that pleasant wine warmth, beer buzz or downright drunk going on, it'll be in your milk.

If you really want, you can get little dip sticks to test to see if you have alcohol in your breast milk.

Me personally, I do not pump and dump.  I rarely drink never more then one at a time, and it never bothered Tiny when I did have a drink (in fact, the Yule she was not quite 2 months old she slept really well if Mommy had a Kahlua in hot chocolate in the evening).  But that's how it affected MY kid.  With my last 2 nurslings, I picked a time where if we had a sleepless night it was not a big deal, and had a beer (dark beer is good for milk production) or something and just timed to see how long I felt the effects (can change due to hormonal changes) and how it affected baby.  Moose always got hiccups if I nursed within 3 hours.  Tiny was never affected.

Let me know if you want my links, I don't have time to search in the morning, but I have information I can copy rom my textbooks for you!

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I enjoy a glass of wine probably twice per week. I did so throughout both pregnancies and breastfeeding my sons. Everything in moderation, such a simple and acceptable motto that can be applied to just about anything in life. :-)
I'm far more concerned about taking over the counter medication and passing that on to my nurslings than a small amount of wine.

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mommylove wrote:


I'm far more concerned about taking over the counter medication and passing that on to my nurslings than a small amount of wine.


My midwife often tells me to go home and have a glass of wine.  In Europe they do not stop wine and beer consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and have a LOWER instance of FASD then we do in north America.  Just moderate!

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mommylove wrote:

I enjoy a glass of wine probably twice per week. I did so throughout both pregnancies and breastfeeding my sons. Everything in moderation, such a simple and acceptable motto that can be applied to just about anything in life. :-)
I'm far more concerned about taking over the counter medication and passing that on to my nurslings than a small amount of wine.


WSS, I still enjoy wine in moderation and have throughout my pregnancy. My midwife also agrees that alcohol in moderation (1-2 drinks per week) isn't any harm to baby. I plan to still have the occasional glass of wine or beer while breastfeeding as well. I have no intentions of getting "drunk", so I think it should be fine.

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I bought a box of the test strips when I had Riley. Looked & worked just like a OPK & was always surprised at how long after I was getting positives. I too did pump & dump but well that just sucks.

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My understanding is that it is not necessary to pump and dump because the alcohol with metabolize out of your milk at the same rate it does your blood.  Although if you are engorged and have to pump then you would want to dump it .

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everyone metabolizes alcohol so differently, though.  i am actually very surprised that i am the only person who had a baby with an aversion to it.  she never had any other GI issues, was never colicky, rarely spit up, etc., but both times i drank (and not to excess), she was just a mess afterward.

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babybaby wrote:

everyone metabolizes alcohol so differently, though.  i am actually very surprised that i am the only person who had a baby with an aversion to it.  she never had any other GI issues, was never colicky, rarely spit up, etc., but both times i drank (and not to excess), she was just a mess afterward.

My mom tells me the one time she had a glass of wine while nursing me, I literally slept for 24 hours after.  She felt so guilty that it never happened again.  Not the same as Serena reaction but still.

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Yeah I wouldn't mind having a drink. I have friends coming in from out of town and was thinking it would be nice to have a drink with them, which is why the question came up.  But right now I'm just not sure I could enjoy it.  While I do totally know trace amounts I alcohol probably wouldn't do a thing to him, I would still feel guilty cuz that's just the way I am lol.  If I knew for certain it was out of my system in x amount of time that would be one thing but it's just so hard to say for sure.  And yes I am totally overthinking things I know! Lol

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Did you just say your newborn is sleeping 7 hours?

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Shanny wrote:

Did you just say your newborn is sleeping 7 hours?

I did! Like clockwork.  Everyone made fun of me while I was pregnant saying I would never sleep again.  They didn't believe me when I said I had a sleepe.  Even in the womb he slept through the night. :-)

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And once he falls asleep at 8 he is OUT.  There is no waking the kid.

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I'm going to save this post....just in case I need to remind you how lucky you WERE after he hits that 6 week growth spurt.  Or the one after that, or the one after that....

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Aren't your breast about to explode after about 4 hours?

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The funny thing is that the OB who delivered my baby recommended to drink 1 small bottle of dark beer a day when I told him that I was very concerned about my milk supply. I wouldn't say that I drank dark beer everyday, but I did have 1 small bottle of Samuel Adams (12 oz) maybe 2 to 3 times a week, and honestly, I did notice the increase in breast milk, when I drank it. And also my baby never had any adverse side effects from it.
Btw, you are so lucky that your newborn is sleeping 7 hours.

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How are you not waking up on account of a soaked mattress?! Are you waking to pump every 2/3hrs? If not be careful not to let it affect your supply...but as Shanny said, I'm guessing once those first few growth spurts happen you'll be singing a different tune. ;-)

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Well I sleep on my back with him on my chest otherwise I probably would have a soaked mattress. :-) I am definitely very uncomfortable by 3 and eager for him to nurse on both sides.  No I don't wake to pump....if he is sleeping till 3 so will I and do far it doesn't seem go be a problem.  I do pump other times during the day.

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Oh and Shanny....you are HILARIOUS!! tongue

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My 22.5 month old does not sleep 7 hours straight yet.  You are one lucky momma!

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Goobie wrote:

My 22.5 month old does not sleep 7 hours straight yet.  You are one lucky momma!

I know I am....I've got a good one. <3