Got Beer? Go ahead mom drink up

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Feed me..Feed me.. FEED MEEE


To be known in no way am I endorsing alcohol to pregnant moms or babies…Ok, now with that being said lets begin.


Recent studies have shown some beer in moderation not only will help tired moms relax which will help their blood flow, but an active ingredient found in beer has been shown to increase maternal prolactin levels (DeRosa et al. 1981). 


The Subcommittee on Nutrition During Lactation (1991) recommends if alcohol is used by the nursing mother it should be limited to no more than 0.5 grams of alcohol per kg. of body wt.  In more simple terms this means a 132 lb woman (60 kg) should not take in any more than 2 8 oz cans of beer, 2 oz of liquor (one shot), OR 8 oz of wine per day ( not all three). 


In no way do I endorse drinking while pregnant, or in large amounts ever!  Of course there are conflicting opinions on the pros and cons of breastfeeding, as there always will be.  To drink or not to drink?…let’s leave that decision up to mommy.


Whether mom is pro or con on the breastfeeding issue discussed, here are some helpful tips that will help mommy and baby with the stress and challenges of breastfeeding.


  • Good positioning that allows easy attachment for baby to your breast


  • Make sure there is effective sucking effort made by the baby, which allows baby to successfully retrieve milk from the breast.  This can be the trickiest part of feeding, because sometimes it looks as though the baby is sucking, but in turn they are not getting any milk.  If this happens frequently the best suggestion is to be seen by a lactation specialist to help resolve the issue; and suggest new techniques that could be fitted more to you and your babies needs


  • Untimed feeds – let your baby control the feed. Nurse at one breast until baby is relaxed and satisfied, and then offer the other side.


  • Nurse frequently (I know it can be stressful, and hard). In the early months babies need to be nursed at least 10 to 12 times a day.


  • A baby under 6 weeks of age normal output for a well-nourished baby is 6 to 8 wet diapers and 2 to 3 stools each day.


  • After 5 to 6 weeks of age, average output is 5 to 6 wet diapers each day, and regular substantial bowel movements.


  • I know its tempting moms, especially with all the beer talk, but under no circumstances should you try to preform a keg stand while breast feeding….you know who you are…

 All in all, jokes aside, breastfeeding can be a very hard and frustrating time for all included so take your time, learn your own techniques, know your not the only woman going through this stress, and also know if you feel the need to seek additional help call your local hospital for the number of a lactation specialist, they do wonders.  Good luck all you breastfeeding moms, and remember breastfeeding burns about 500 extra calories a day so there’s a positive to all your work!







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