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By December 16, 2010 ,

As you may remember I was all worried last week prior to some bachelorette festivities I was attending about ... A) leaving my baby girl overnight for the first time and B) the whole alcohol and breastmilk situation.

Well I'm here to inform you that sometimes things really do work out. And in this case, things worked out even better than I'd hoped.

It turns out that Reagan's sitter had been banking some of my extra "milk" in her freezer and I had plenty to cover the entire day that I was gone. Hallujehah!

And after speaking to some of my mommy friends, bloggy moms, a lactation consultant and Reagan's doctor here's what I learned about breastmilk and alcohol ... (thanks by the way guys! at one point I wanted to reach out and hug some of you for your support and words of encouragement!!)

-Current research says that occasional use of alcohol (1-2 drinks) does not appear to be harmful to the nursing baby.
So I could have a couple drinks - pump and the milk was fine after I arrived at the party

-There is no need to pump & dump milk after drinking alcohol, other than for mom's comfort -- pumping & dumping does not speed the elimination of alcohol from the milk.
Apparently, the whole pump and dump thing is sort of an old wives tale according to my lactation consultant who said "You only need to do it for comfort purposes after drinking more than 2 drinks. Can you really imagine pumping if you are drunk anyways?" Yes she really did say that!

-If you are sober enough to drive, you are sober enough to breastfeed. Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk. Alcohol peaks in mom's blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking (but there is considerable variation from person to person, depending upon how much food was eaten in the same time period, mom's body weight and percentage of body fat, etc.). Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels.
So when I woke up the next morning - my milk was free of any alcoholic toxins. This was news to me, because I was afraid that alcohol would linger in my system the day after. Not the case.

I should mention that I do not condone drinking and breastfeeding more than once and a blue moon. The only reason I made an evening out of it was to help celebrate a good friend's last night out as a single lady. And we had a great time - we did. And better yet I woke up the next morning without a hangover - bonus! And I was so excited to get home to see my baby girl - just to also find out that she did great with my mom-in-law and Big D. She was an "angel." This made the weekend a complete success!! And extra bonus I got to cuddle with her ALL day on Sunday - extra bonus! I just love when things work out!!

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  1. Glad to hear you had a good time and got lots of answers to put your mind at ease!

  2. YAY!!! We did have a great time and it wouldn't have been the same without you!!