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Helpful tips on breastfeeding and alcohol
Drink after you have breastfed your baby, not before.
Do not fall asleep with your baby on a sofa – especially if you have been
If it is a special occasion and you know you are going to be drinking,
consider expressing milk in advance.
If unexpectedly one drink leads to another and you become inebriated
- Try and find someone else to take care of your baby during this time
- ‘Pump & Dump’ – If your breasts become full and uncomfortable whilst you
are feeling the effects of alcohol, express and discard this milk. Generally
once you feel fine, your breast milk will be OK to feed to baby, as your body
has processed the alcohol from your whole system including the breast milk.
One unit of alcohol =
A single (25ml) measure of spirits at 40% ABV (alcohol by volume)
Half a pint of beer at 3.5% ABV
Half a 175ml glass of wine at 11.5% ABV
Binge drinking or getting drunk is defined as more than 7.5 units on a
single occasion.
For more advice on alcohol and unit information
or call Drinkline on
0300 123 1110
For more information on breastfeeding and alcohol
or call the National Breastfeeding Helpline,
0300 100 0210
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