Re: alcohol and bf
La Leche League's THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK (pp. 597-598) says:
Alcohol passes freely into mother's milk and has been found to peak about 30 to 60 minutes after consumption, 60 to 90 minutes when taken with food. Alcohol also freely passes out of a mother's milk and her system. It takes a 120 pound woman about two to three hours to eliminate from her body the alcohol in one serving of beer or wine...the more alcohol that is consumed, the longer it takes for it to be eliminated. It takes up to 13 hours for a 120 pound woman to eliminate the alcohol from one high-alcohol drink. The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother consumes.
There's lots more info at this site. http://www.llli.org/FAQ/alcohol.html In general, it is considered safe to breastfeed while you are consuming the first drink, as it's not yet in the mother's system, and again later once the mother no longer feels the effects of the alcohol. This time frame is dependent on how much the mother weighs, how her body processes alcohol, and how much was consumed, so there is no exact number we can give you.
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