Mothers of the world, stop your hating on one another. When Beyoncé posted this picture on Instagram of her having a glass of wine a few days ago, the haters came out. The assumption was that Beyoncé was nursing her twins, and, therefore, should not be drinking.
Of course, we don’t know if Beyoncé is breastfeeding Rumi and Sir, who were born in June.
Even if she is, notice that the picture doesn’t show Beyoncé actually nursing her twins while drinking (that would not be recommended).
What are the rules about breastfeeding and alcohol?
- Drinking beer does not increase your milk supply, as urban myth suggests.
- Consuming alcohol of any kind may decrease the amount of milk your baby drinks.
- Alcohol can change the taste of your milk, and this may be objectionable to some babies.
- If you are going to have an alcoholic drink, it is best to do so just after you nurse or pump milk rather than before.
- Allow at least two hours per drink before your next breastfeeding or pumping session. That way, your body will have as much time as possible to rid itself of the alcohol before the next feeding and less will reach your infant.
- One alcoholic drink is the equivalent of a 12-ounce beer, 4-ounce glass of wine, or 1 ounce of hard liquor.
- There are concerns about long-term, repeated exposures of infants to alcohol via the mother’s milk, so moderation is definitely advised.
- Breastfeed your baby before taking alcoholic beverages. Avoid breastfeeding during and for 2-3 hours after drinking alcohol.
- Pumping does not get rid of the alcohol in breast milk quicker.
- If you drink enough to feel “high,” experts advise waiting several hours before nursing the baby. You can pump during this time if you feel uncomfortably full.
- Consult your doctor about the need for discarding milk for two hours after drinking alcohol. It may not be necessary.
- When a big celebration is planned, arrange for someone sober to help care for the baby.
- Avoid drinking excessive alcohol. Seek help from your doctor if you are concerned about your alcohol use.
- Some medications interact with alcohol. Check with your doctor.
Also remember, that while sleeping with your baby in the same bed is not recommended, it’s especially not recommended in parents who have been drinking or are on medication. Doctors have seen a higher rate in suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome when that happens.