10 Things New Moms Don’t Know About Breastfeeding
Surprising facts for nursing newbies.
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But time your cocktail carefully because your milk-alcohol level equals your blood-alcohol level, according to Philadelphia-based Monell Chemical Senses Center researcher Julie Mennella, Ph.D., who studies alcohol’s effects on lactation.
“If you have a buzz, it’s still in your milk,” says Mennella, who recommends waiting at least three hours after your last sip of alcohol to breastfeed. If your baby needs a feeding within that three-hour time frame, use stored breast milk or formula. And to ensure your milk supply doesn’t diminish, pump and dump: Pump at the scheduled feeding time and dump the alcohol-tainted milk down the drain.
You’ll want to avoid alcohol if you’re having problems building a milk supply, even though traditional wisdom suggests that beer helps produce breast milk. “Contrary to folklore, it disrupts the hormones of lactation,” Mennella says. “Women who drink produce less milk.”