Can You Drink Alcohol as a Breastfeeding Parent?

As we get further into the holiday season with several parties and social events on our calendar to attend, there’s one challenge that you’ll likely face over and over again: knowing whether or not it’s safe to drink alcohol as a breastfeeding parent.

If this is a topic that has been on your mind lately, keep reading to find out how you can navigate this.

🍹 Can You Drink Alcohol as a Breastfeeding Parent?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that alcohol “can be generally detected in breast milk for about 2-3 hours per drink after it is consumed,” and alcohol levels are “highest in breast milk 30-60 minutes after an alcoholic beverage is consumed.” However, that amount of time increases when the number of alcoholic drinks also increases. For example, alcohol from two drinks can be found in breast milk for 4-5 hours after consuming the drink, doubling the amount of time.

Additionally, factors that may influence the blood alcohol levels and the length of time it can be detected in breast milk after having a drink include:

  • The amount of alcohol consumed
  • How fast the alcohol is consumed
  • If the person eats while drinking
  • How much the person weighs
  • How fast alcohol is broken down in the person’s body

And more. There’s a belief that “pumping and dumping” can speed up the process of removing alcohol from your body, but the Mayo Clinic notes that isn’t true. Pumping and dumping will, however, allow you to maintain your milk supply.

Overall, it’s recommended to wait to have an alcoholic drink until right after you finish a breastfeeding session so that the alcohol will naturally clear from your breast milk during the period between feeds.

If you’re looking for a beverage that tastes delicious and is safe to consume for both you and your baby, regardless of the time of day or social situation, look no further than SOLMA! Check out our teas and keep them handy this holiday season.

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Are you a new breastfeeding parent who is looking for a community who truly gets it? We’re here for you. Email us at any time with questions, comments, or concerns. Let SOLMA give you one less thing to worry about! 💜

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