Would you breastfeed your baby after having a drink?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Would you breastfeed your baby after having a drink?
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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 3:36pm

Would you ever breastfeed your baby after having a drink?

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Registered: 06-17-2007
There are those who say they don't understand how she could drink that much and still bf. I don't understand how she could drink that much and live to tell the tale.

I do drink and then bf. Maybe a half of a drink, every 2-3 months. I'm not much of a drinker.




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Registered: 04-13-2008
2.5% sounds like a misprint. Here in Australia, it is against the law to drive with over 0.05% BAC. And usually, 0.40% is considered likely to cause a coma or death for the drinker. Although people have even been caught driving occasionally with higher than that in their bloodstream.

0.05% is typically the level a woman might have in her blood if she drank 2 standard drinks in an hour. I do not know how you could get to 2.5% let alone walk to the baby, pick it up and breastfeed.

Teresa
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Registered: 03-27-2003

I am sure they meant 2.5 o/oo not o/o so 0.25%

My grandma used to tell the story how she drank celebrating her first son's birth and then breastfed him and then he slept for 48 hours...I always thought she exaggerated...

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Registered: 02-16-2008
I too agree that it probably meant .25%. Even so, I don't know how she was able to hold a baby at that point.

That said, I have occasionally had a drink, but it's like half a glass of wine, and it's normally right after DS falls asleep so I have a couple hours. I don't really care for alcohol, though, so it's never a big amount.
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I would, and I have, breastfed my 7 month old after having "a" drink.....but that's 1 drink, and it's not immediately after consuming it.

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Registered: 04-13-2008

It also makes you wonder if it is a once only thing. I mean, if a motheer usually does not drink, it is probably because she is aware of the dangers, and is taking precautions. Which makes it seem strange that she would then have such a high level of alcohol n her sytem. If she drank that much with a small baby, is it more likely that she is a habitual heavy drinker? I know this is surmising.

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Registered: 11-29-2005

Well, to answer your question, yes, I would and have BF after a drink.

However, I contend that this story is BS.

 


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Registered: 11-29-2005
Oh, and I searched for an hour or so to find the post in which I laid out the calculations, but I was unsuccessful. I know you're better at searches - maybe you'll have better luck. I'd love to take a look at it again.

 


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Registered: 10-01-2010

Found it!

Ok, here are some rough calculations.

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Registered: 12-06-2010

I'm not usually on this board but I read this and wanted to post. Are they sure the baby died from alcohol? Maybe she was breastfeeding and suffocated the baby or passed out on top of him/her?? I agree it doesn't make sense that the baby would get enough alcohol in ONE feeding to cause death. Or possibly she passed out and the baby choked on the milk because she wasn't paying attention. There's unfortunately a lot of things that could of happened. That poor baby, its horrible!

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