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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 10:16 AM   1
sandilion
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2-3 glasses of wine a night = bad mother??


I have to be upfront about this - lately on a nightly basis i have been drinking 2-3 glasses of wine. I have been doing it when LO has gone to bed for the night....but occasionally he'll wake when only 4 hours has passed since i stopped drinking, and since he screams blue murder when i try to give him a bottle of expressed milk, i end up BF him. At the time i do not feel tipsy or drunk at all... I have a high tolerance though.

Please no flames.... but is this bad? Am i hurting my baby?? I keep being told mixed things, and over here in Australia they are super strict and believe that no alcohol is best. But i am aware of women being allowed to be a lot more relaxed in other countries, for example during pregnancy. I never drank at all during pregnancy.

Be honest but not mean - am i hurting my baby?

I am not a alcoholic per-se as i don't NEED it, but i LOVE it. Big difference but still a issue.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 10:25 AM   2
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There are strips that allow you to test whether or not there is alcohol in your breast milk.

I don't know the effects and how much is good or not good. My LO is only 3 weeks and isn't really consistent with her feeds yet, so I'm skipping the wine. Though I really really want a glass!



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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 10:26 AM   3
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Yeah i didn't touch a drop until the last 2-3 months once he started to sttn.

What are the strips called??



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 10:48 AM   4
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Just google alcohol test strips for breast milk. I had a bottle of wine the other night and the neat morning felt fine but there was still alcohol in my milk. I would have bet there wasn't so I would get the strips. Plus I personally wouldn't drink every night. Even minute ammounts might have an affect if they get it every day.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 11:26 AM   5
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On occasion, probably not.
Every night? Probably not the healthiest thing to do for yourself or for baby



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 12:03 PM   6
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It is ok occasionally but probably not advisable every night. I admit to having a few on the odd occasion, I shared a bottle of wine with my MIL a month ago. Maybe just stick to one glass or trade it in for a few drinks of a lower alcohol drink such as lager or cider x



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 12:21 PM   7
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every night is bad for you aswell as your baby women shouldnt be drinking in excess of one small glass a night really :-/
as a pp said often there is alcohol in your milk when you least expect it
personally i wont touch a drop while im breastfeeding but thats just my personal opinion i hear ladies have the odd glass hear and there cant see a problem with the ocassional glass :-/



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 17:47 PM   8
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I have an occasional beer here and there and don't see any harm in that. 2-3 every night might be a bit much though. I honestly don't know if it could cause harm to your baby, as any alcohol in your breast milk will be processed through his liver as well.

There's some good information here: http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastf...style/alcohol/

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*Daily consumption of alcohol has been shown in the research to increase the risk for slow weight gain in the infant.
*Daily consumption of alcohol (1+ drinks daily) has been associated with a decrease in gross motor development (Little et al 1989).



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 20:33 PM   9
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Depending on how big those glasses are and the strength of the wine, I would say it could well be risky for both you and LO.

One unit of alcohol is a lot less wine than most people think. If you are drinking a wine that has more than 12 percent alcohol (which is a LOT of Aussie wines these days), and those glasses are larger than 150mls (which is not a lot... as much as would fit in a standard single-serve yoghurt pottle), in those 2-3 glasses you could quite easily be drinking 4-6 units of alcohol a night, which is high risk by anyone's standards, and officially classified as binge drinking.

Sorry to spell it out like that hon, but yes, you should definitely check your alcohol strength and measures, and probably think about cutting back, for yourself as much as LO. Maybe two glasses per night, with at least three nights off per week would be a better level to aim for.



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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 00:29 AM   10
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Yep you're right... i am stopping completely. It's not right, i have been through so much this year with family issues etc but it's just NO excuse. I feel terrible. LO doesn't *seem* effected as he has caught up to a normal 7 months old size in weight etc even though he was 8 weeks prem, and he is very strong so i am constantly told (i don't know as he is just my fist baby)

So yeah, I think if i stop now it will be ok. I hope. I feel terrible now. But thank you all for being nice about it and giving me what i needed. I needed someone to make me realise it isn't normal and not good. I know it seems silly, as i managed to stop completely all through pregnancy and most of my BF so far, but lately i have slipped up and I need to get a grip! I will admit prior to falling pregnant I wasn't dependant on alcohol as such as i managed to stop instantly, but i drank a LOT. So there is history of me having a bit of a issue with it. I think i need to just not have it in the house anymore. Just like chocolate.



 
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