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    Default tonic water "no-no"?

    i like a G & T from time to time, when i know i'm off the hook from nursing for the night.
    i know tonic water was a big NO during pregnancy, but i just read online somewhere that it is a no-no for nursing mommies, too. anyone know anything about this?

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    Default Re: tonic water "no-no"?

    You might want to call the folks at InfantRisk on Monday and ask them. Monday-Friday 8am-5pm central time, (806)-352-2519.http://www.infantrisk.com/

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    Default Re: tonic water "no-no"?

    I've never heard this before (either for pregnant women or nursing). I don't really drink it but I wondered why they say not to?
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    Default Re: tonic water "no-no"?

    I haven't heard of it either, but I'm guessing it's the quinine?

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    Default Re: tonic water "no-no"?

    It's the quinine. It looks like the real issue is dosage. The amount in commercial brands of tonic water is low, and probably very unlikely to cause problems unless you drink nothing but tonic water. But there are studies studies suggesting teratogenic effects on the fetuses of pregnant women who are taking therapeutic doses of quinine for treatment of malaria, and studies showing that quinine is excreted into breast milk.

    This one was interesting: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1400988/
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    Default Re: tonic water "no-no"?

    I don't really worry about it. If I were drinking it daily, I might, but I don't typically drink it more often than once in a blue moon.

    The only time I drink it daily is in very small doses after getting unwittingly exposed to gluten. I have celiac disease and the quinine is an antispasmodic, so it's a comfort measure when the gut distress hits. Again, the amount in tonic water is pretty low--much lower than doses given with quinine therapy for malaria. I wouldn't worry at all about having a gin and tonic while out, but that's my comfort zone.
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    Default Re: tonic water "no-no"?

    thanks, i appreciate the input everyone!
    i was thinking one every so often might be ok, but want to be sure i'm not acting too lax about it!
    really and truly, tonic water tastes better to me than soda or juice, so i like to sip one plain once a month.
    not to mention the g&t every once in a while. -again, when i'm off the hook for several hours!!!
    thanks again, all.

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