How does it affect your baby? We ask the experts whether it's safe to drink while breastfeeding. It takes one to two hours for a unit of alcohol a small glass of wine, or half a pint of ordinary-strength beer to clear from a mother's blood. This may be due to alcohol disrupting the hormones that control the production of breast milk. It takes two hours for a unit of alcohol to leave a mother's blood Breastfeeding consultant and former maternity nurse, Geraldine Miskin, suggests that mothers who do want a drink could have one with a meal shortly after a feed, so there is time to process the alcohol before baby needs to feed again. In general, it is good to follow the UK's Chief Medical Officers' low risk drinking guidance that people should not regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
These include your weight, how fast you drink and if you have eaten. This means they may sleep for shorter periods than normal. It can also affect their quality of sleep. At this level of drinking 1 or 2 drinks , the concentration of alcohol reaching the baby through the milk is about 30 times less than what is consumed by the mother. The best way to avoid exposing your baby to alcohol in breast milk, even in small amounts, is to follow the guidance above.
A quick glance at the official channels and the outlook is sobering: And secondly, but perhaps no less controversially, I really like wine. As is the case with most drugs, very little alcohol comes out in the milk. The mother can take some alcohol and continue breastfeeding as she normally does.