>> Aug 30, 2015
One of the concern of new mommies is whether they can have a drink or two, and still be able to breastfeed their child. Although, there is no direct correlation between drinking alcohol or not, it is best to avoid heavy drinking. Though, having one once in a while is a possibility, just make sure that you do it when your baby is not hungry, and you know you do not have to breastfeed in the near future.
Alcohol will not promote milk making
There is a general belief that drinking beer will help in producing milk, but, you should not believe such things without proof. And, because there is none, it is safe to say that you will not end up with more milk than usual. On the other and though, you should be careful, as alcohol tends to dry out your body, and you should be careful how much you drink. Moreover, it will interfere with the hormones involved in producing milk, which could lead problems if it gets out of hand.
Keep drinking to nights
When you notice that your baby can sleep through the night, you can have a glass or two, it will help you relax, and you will not have to worry about not having enough to feed your baby. Though, keep in mind that you should not go overboard, as your baby might still wake hungry. Rest assured that even if you have a drink at night, and still need to feed your baby, the alcohol will not have such a big impact.
Make a break before breastfeeding
Plan ahead when you want to breastfeed your baby, as you should have a break of at least two hours beforehand. Although alcohol will not take a lot of time to be digested in your body, it is best if you can leave some room for it, so that you can feed your baby milk that is rich in nutrients, and not at tall influenced by alcohol in any way. Though, make sure that you also drink plenty of water afterwards, so that your body does not dehydrate as quickly.
Have a longer period of non-alcohol drinks
Even if you would drink a glass of something once in a while, it is best to have a couple of days completely free from alcohol. This way, you can build up a level of tolerance, and you can also flush toxins out of your body, which could have a bad effect on your baby. It will be great for both you and your baby.
Choose from a finer selection
Sometimes, when you want a drink, it could be already late into night, and you are without a bottle of wine at home. However, if you find the nearest bottle shop open late in your area, you will be able to have a drink before the baby wakes up. Not only that, but, you will be able to relax a bit, and to kick back and relax after a hard day of work.
Keep drinking to a minimum
It is important that you do not drink too much and too often, otherwise, you will be able to produce normal amounts of milk, and you will not have to worry about affecting your baby in any bad way. Though, you should not go overboard, and you should make sure to have breaks, so that you can give your body enough time to recuperate. On the other hand, try to find patterns to drink, when you will not have to feed your baby anytime soon.