Everyone knows about the harmful effects alcohol use can have on a baby during pregnancy. However, these risks do not completely disappear after delivery. Breastfeeding mothers should keep it in mind that anything they eat or drink can be found in breastmilk. According to the CDC, while moderate alcohol use (no more than one standard drink a day) is not known to be dangerous for a baby, avoiding alcohol consumption is the safest option for breasfeeding moms.
If consumed, alcohol levels in breast milk are highest about 30-60 minutes after consumption. On avarage, alcohol from 1 standard drink can be found in breast milk for approximately 2-3 hours. According to the Mayo Clinic, babies who are exposed to breat milk with alcohol are at inreased risks of impaired motor development. Besides, alcohol dicreases milk production and causes sleep pattern changes in babies.
To be on the safe side, mothers who breastfeed should completely abstrain from alcohol. However, in case you choose to drink, try to consume as little alcohol as possible and do not breastfeed until the alcohol is entirely cleared in your breast milk.