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They say to wait 2 hours after 1 drink before pumping or breastfeeding. Since my LO eats every 2 hours, this usually means I have a glass of wine or a beer WHILE feeding her... I figure it can't get into my milk that quickly and it gives me the full 2 hours to metabolize it out...
I went to a wedding the other week and once I hit the 3rd glass of wine mark, I still pumped to avoid discomfort/supply issues, but I dumped it.
You can also buy some alcohol test strips that test if there's any alcohol in your milk. I used them a few times, but found them to be a bit unreliable and inconsistent. One time I used one, certain there was no alcohol in there -- I had only had 2 glasses of wine over a time period of 3 hours, it had been over 2 hours since I finished them and inbetween I had eaten dinner, drank water, etc. I didn't feel the least bit tipsy. And the test came back positive.
Another time, I had had 3 high-alcohol beers and was feeling "pretty good," but when I tested my milk, it came back negative... This is why I go with the 1 drink per hour/how do I feel rule much more often.
My grandmom, a Maternity nurse for 25 years, recommends to breastfeeding moms to drink! It relaxes you, supposedly helps with supply, and, in her words, "makes baby sleep better!"
ohhashley:Makes baby sleep better LOL
As long as I'm not drunk, I don't wait at all.