New Mom Secret: I Drink While I Nurse

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:


My son is 6 months old and I am still nursing quite a bit. I also recently started drinking again after dinner. I hadn't had anything since I learned I was pregnant last year. I don't drink a ton, but I do have a couple glasses of wine each night. My husband is horrified that I even sometimes drink while nursing, but I think it's OK as long as I am not drunk. Is that wrong? -- Anonymous

This is a question for your doctor or midwife. That said, I think it's OK.

There isn't a mom I know who never drank while nursing. From what I heard in lactation groups and underground from other moms, alcohol takes long enough to metabolize that if you drink while you nurse, your baby will be full long enough for the wine to leave your system and then she can resume when you're clear.

That said, I am not advising it. It's controversial, but really a personal decision.

Do you have any advice for this mom?


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