Many women worry that they won’t be able to drink alcohol at all if they choose to breastfeed. Whilst it is true that alcohol passes through blood into breast milk; if a woman remains within the recommended safe limits then the influence of alcohol on breast milk is small.
Alcohol levels in breast milk are highest approximately 30-90 minutes after drinking so it is advisable to restrict your drinking until after your baby has had a feed. For good health it is advised that women drink no more than 2-3 units per day. 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.