Wine and the Effects on Breastfeeding

Wine and the Effects on Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding your child is one of the most natural and loving things a mother can do for her baby. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there in regards to the drinking of wine and the continuation of breastfeeding. While alcohol is said to be avoided at all costs during both pregnancy and the breastfeeding months, there are some studies that show that drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages in moderation while breastfeeding will have no ill-effects on the baby.

The primary concern is that the consumption of wine while breastfeeding should be completely avoided. Individuals believe that the alcohol will travel through the breast milk and will be delivered to the baby in a more potent way. However, there has been nothing to prove this. Others will also say that it takes three days for wine and other alcohols to be expelled through the breast milk. This, as well, is not true, unless the mother was severely intoxicated to the point of risking alcohol poisoning.

The key here is moderation. Drinking a glass of wine with your Sunday night meal is not going to cause any problems with your breast milk or with the baby. The idea of not being able to enjoy the occasional drink is one reason why many mothers are turned off by the idea of breastfeeding–after nine months of abstaining from alcohol, some moms are just looking forward to that glass of wine with their dinner when they go out for date night. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having an occasional glass of wine while breastfeeding.

Another common misconception, on the other hand of alcohol and breastfeeding, is that of a boosted milk supply. For mothers who have a low milk supply, it has been said that alcohol can improve it. However, studies were released in 2005 that showed that the opposite was actually true–it can decrease supply instead. There are other ways for new mothers to boost their milk supply, and alcohol is definitely not one of them!

If you are worried about drinking wine and how it may effect your baby, it may be a good idea to speak to your physician. No one else knows your body like you do, and it is entirely a personal preference if an individual wants to drink wine or alcohol while breastfeeding. However, women should be rest assured that a single glass of wine with their dinner once or twice a week will have no effect on their breast milk whatsoever, and will allow them the ability to enjoy both motherhood AND a relaxing dinner drink!


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