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    Hi everyone!
    Yesterday we had a very scary episode. My 18-month old could not stand or sit up straight and could not walk without falling. My husband said "he looks drunk" and it dawned on me that I had had two beers at dinner 3 hours before.
    We became very concerned and took him to the ER, where they totally dismissed the idea that my alcohol consumption might be the cause of his symptoms.
    I had had a drink occasionally but this had never happened. Is it possible that he was actually drunk and that was the reason for his loss of balance? Any ideas? Experience?
    (Today he looks fine, but I'm still concerned and wondering what happened.)

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    Unless you consumed the 2 beers very, very quickly and nursed your baby while you were feeling tipsy, and while the baby had a completely empty tummy, it seems unlikely that your alcohol consumption could have caused the symptoms you observed. This link goes more in depth on nursing and alcohol: http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/alcohol.html

    I think I would follow up on this with your pediatrician.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Unless you consumed the 2 beers very, very quickly and nursed your baby while you were feeling tipsy, and while the baby had a completely empty tummy, it seems unlikely that your alcohol consumption could have caused the symptoms you observed. This link goes more in depth on nursing and alcohol: http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/alcohol.html

    I think I would follow up on this with your pediatrician.
    I don't think it was the two beers (which isn't very much, really). But those symptoms would concern me as well. I would follow up with your doctor and keep an eye on your lil guy for a recurrence of those odd symptoms over the next couple of days.


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    Alcohol leaves your milk at the same rate it leaves your bloodstream. If you were not drunk when you nursed it is not likely that was the problem. Even if you WERE drunk when you nursed, it's unlikely your LO would have gotten enough alcohol through your milk to affect him that much.
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    I agree with everyone else. I'm willing to say there is no way your toddler was drunk from your 2 beers 3 hrs. prior. Please follow up with his Ped. to see what s/he thinks. Together, you may be able to figure out a cause for his behavior that seems logical.

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    Default Re: Toddler tipsy/drunk after nursing?

    What did the people in ER say about his loss of balance and other symptoms? It sounds like if could have been an allergic reaction to me.

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    Maybe he was exhausted? My guy acts totally blasted when he is over-tired and super sleepy. It's actually hilarious. I agree with PP it is very unlikely it was from the beer. What did the doctors say? I hope he will be okay!

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    How long did this "drunkness" last? My daughter comes up from nursing and stumbles around like she's in daze. I don't even really drink ever. It goes away after a few minutes. She's in her milk zone, I figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*yoginimama View Post
    How long did this "drunkness" last? My daughter comes up from nursing and stumbles around like she's in daze. I don't even really drink ever. It goes away after a few minutes. She's in her milk zone, I figure.
    Kind of like me after a really amazing slice of chocolate cake. It could have just been drowsiness and a full tummy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    Kind of like me after a really amazing slice of chocolate cake. It could have just been drowsiness and a full tummy.

    Totally! Plus, add in being cuddled and having your hair stroked and back rubbed. Um, hello, heaven!

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