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Can I Drink Alcohol When Breastfeeding?

Can I Drink Alcohol When Breastfeeding?

Hi there, fellow mum! Let's have a chat about something that's on the minds of many breastfeeding mummas: enjoying a glass of wine or a fancy cocktail while navigating the bonkers journey of motherhood...

Can you knock back a beverage and still breastfeed? Grab your favourite sippy cup and let's dive into the world of breastfeeding and alcohol!


Getting Our Heads Around the Basics

Before we hit the grog, let's get our ducks in a row. When it comes to breastfeeding and alcohol, it's crucial to be informed. So, here's the truth: alcohol can make its way into breast milk, which might affect your baby. But hold your horses, don't get worried just yet!


Understanding Alcohol and Breast Milk

When you enjoy a drink, your body processes the alcohol, and a small amount of it eventually makes its way into your breast milk. But here's the good news: the amount that gets passed on to your little one is generally pretty small, especially if you're having a single drink. So, your milk is more like a virgin cocktail with just a smidge of alcohol!

The key here is not to go overboard. If you're planning on having a few drinks, do it in moderation and go easy on the booze. It's not the time to break your university drinking record - it's about having a cheeky drink while still giving your baby the best.


Timing is Everything

Here's a pro tip: the timing of your drink matters! Alcohol levels in your breast milk peak about 30-60 minutes after consumption. So, if you're planning a night out with friends or a romantic dinner with your partner, consider having your drink right after a breastfeeding session. This way, by the time your baby is due for their next meal, your body will have processed most of the alcohol.


Mum's Little Helper: The Breast Pump

If you want to play it safe, consider using a breast pump to express some milk before enjoying your drink. This way, you can stash away some alcohol-free milk in advance, making sure your baby gets a booze-free meal. Plus, it gives you an excuse to have a solo Netflix session with your favorite show while you pump away.


The Waiting Game

Remember that the alcohol in your system takes a bit to clear out. As a general rule of thumb, it's best to wait at least 2-3 hours after a standard drink before you breastfeed your baby. So, if you're running on a schedule, plan your drinks accordingly to avoid any potential woozy feeds.


Size Matters

When we talk about one "standard" drink, we're talking about a middy (285 ml) of beer, a glass (150 ml) of vino, or a nip (30 ml) of spirits. Keep in mind that the alcohol content can vary, so make sure to check the label or ask your bartender for the details. And if you're going for a supersized cocktail, remember the golden rule: moderation!


Reading the Signs

Now, let's chat about the fun part – how to tell if your baby might be getting a taste of the alcohol. Keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour or changes in your baby's feeding routine. Signs that your little one might be affected by the alcohol in your breast milk can include:

  1. Sleepiness or drowsiness
  2. Struggling to latch or feed
  3. Restless or irritable behaviour

If you spot any of these signs, it might be a good idea to hold off on the breastfeeding session until you're sure the alcohol has left your system. Every baby is different, so trust your instincts as a mum!


The Power of Support

Navigating breastfeeding while wanting to enjoy a drink or two can be challenging, and you might face judgment from well-meaning friends or family members. Remember that it's your body and your baby, so trust yourself and your choices. Seek out support from fellow mums who understand the balancing act of motherhood and the occasional desire for a refreshing adult beverage.


Cheers to Being a Multitasking Mum!

So, can you enjoy a drink while breastfeeding? Absolutely! Just remember the cardinal rule: moderation. A responsible approach to alcohol and breastfeeding lets you savor those occasional sips while still providing top-notch nourishment for your baby.

Now that we've got the basics sorted, let's raise our imaginary glasses and toast to the incredible journey of motherhood. It's a fantastic ride filled with ups, downs, and plenty of love, so don't forget to treat yourself every now and then. You're doing an excellent job, mum, and you deserve it!


The Milkshake You Can't Miss

Before we wrap up, let's chat about something great – the ultimate non-alcoholic milkshake! Whether you're skipping alcohol or just want a fantastic drink in between, here's a recipe for a mouth-watering milkshake that's bound to tickle your taste buds:

Strawberry Sunshine Milkshake


  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup of plain yoghurt (Greek yoghurt for extra creaminess)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 cup of milk (use your favourite dairy or non-dairy option)
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • A splash of vanilla extract (if you're in the mood)


  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until it's smooth as silk.
  3. Give it a taste and add more honey if you like.
  4. Pour it into a fancy glass (because you're worth it!).
  5. Spruce it up with a strawberry slice if you're feeling posh.


Bottoms Up!

There you have it, fellow mums – the lowdown on enjoying a drink while breastfeeding, a fantastic milkshake recipe, and a whole heap of mum-to-mum support. Remember, you're doing a top-notch job!

Whether you're raising a glass of wine or a glass of strawberry sunshine, here's to being the ace multitasking mum that you are.

Cheers and happy sipping, with love from one mum to another! 🍷🥤💕



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