Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?
Everyone knows that everything that gets into the body of a nursing mother gets into the baby’s body together with milk. And, nevertheless, many modern women are still confident that small doses of alcohol can be consumed during breastfeeding. Moreover, in some Internet communities it is recommended to drink alcohol to lactating women. Women are even advised to drink a glass of beer every day to improve lactation.
The first question that a breastfeeding mother should ask herself before drinking: Will this be useful for my child? . And the answer is one: No . Therefore, if you are able to abstain and do not drink alcohol during breastfeeding, do it. Alcohol and its derivatives are poison, it destroys internal organs and causes irreparable harm to the health of both the drinking mother and the child.
Not all women are able to withstand a complete rejection of alcohol within two to three years
(nine months of pregnancy plus one and a half year of feeding – at least two and a half years). Often a woman does not remember alcohol until she is at a festive table, where she, as it is called, out of work . Everyone is having fun, drinking, and she feels deprived and can not participate fully (as it seems to her) in general fun. In the event that, nevertheless, the desire to support the company and not to be a white crow has prevailed over sanity, a woman should take care to minimize the risk associated with the use of alcohol and subsequent breastfeeding.
- Alcohol affects the child’s nervous system. A child who tasted breast milk, into which alcohol got into, quickly falls asleep. But his sleep will be restless, and he will often wake up. If the mother regularly consumes alcohol, the child is delayed mental development.
- The use of alcohol can affect the cardiovascular system of the child: the heart rate increases, general weakness appears, blood pressure may drop.
- The child is more excruciated from intestinal colic. Ethyl alcohol leads to inflammation of the membranes of the esophagus, stomach or intestines. The absorbent function of the intestine is disturbed, because of which vitamins and minerals are poorly absorbed. With frequent use of alcohol, the child badly gaining weight and often lags behind in physical development.
- Frequent use of alcohol causes the child gradually addictive, until the appearance of dependence.