Alcohol

Alcohol

When you’re pregnant, it’s best to stop drinking alcohol. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) reaffirmed this advice in January 2016 saying women should avoid alcohol altogether if pregnant.

According to NHS Choices: “There’s some evidence that regularly drinking more than two units of alcohol a day while breastfeeding may affect your baby’s development. But an occasional drink is unlikely to harm your breastfed baby.

It’s recommended that breastfeeding mothers have no more than one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week.

One unit of alcohol is approximately a single (25ml) measure of spirits, half a pint of beer, or 125ml (small) glass of wine, although this depends on the strength of the drink.”

Never put yourself in a situation where you may fall asleep with your baby (on a bed, chair or settee) if you have been drinking alcohol.