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27th Jun 2023

Mum gets mixed reaction to photo of her drinking beer while breastfeeding

This photo has gotten a lot of mixed opinions.

Can you safely drink while breastfeeding?

Some think you should avoid drink completely while others swear that a little glass of wine here and there is no harm.

But what is the truth?

One mum recently caused a stir by posting a photo online of her drinking beer while breastfeeding her child.

The photo was posted alongside a list of ‘facts and statistics’ about alcohol and breastfeeding, and it makes an interesting read.

The post read;

“Thinking about mom-shaming the breast feeding mama that wants a drink?

Know your facts first, then mind your business anyway.

Less than 2% of the alcohol you consume goes into your breast milk. For you to have as much alcohol in your milk as cough syrup, you pretty much have to be dead.

Alcohol leaves your breast milk at the same rate it leaves your blood. You do NOT need to pump & dump. It doesn’t eliminate alcohol from your breast milk!

If you can drive, you can feed! If you’re too impaired to drive, obviously don’t try to feed your baby. When you feel neurologically fine again, you can go back to breastfeeding.

If you’re having a drink while feeding your baby, the milk that the baby is drinking has already been produced, therefore the alcohol has not reached your milk yet! Yes, you can drink while feeding.

Some say beer (in moderation) can help milk production .”


The original post by mum Tationa Thomas was shared over 33,000 times and wasn’t free from the opinions, of others in the comment section, both positive and negative;

“Sounds like an ignorant young mom. Clearly an uneducated & inexperienced mom. Lastly I wouldn’t believe it.”

“Great stuff. The belief that breastfeeding mums can’t even have one drink is just another barrier to breastfeeding and especially extended breastfeeding.”

“I still don’t know about this. I’d rather not drink until I’m completely over breastfeeding.”

“I don’t think I’d ever risk it… health facts are changing ever so quickly… could be safe today and not safe tomorrow. To each their own though.”

“I agree, enough with the mommy shaming.”

breastfeeding mamas

While there is some accurate information in the post, Facebook is obviously not a reliable source when it comes to your child’s health.

Every mother and child are different. Speak to your doctor or lactation consultation and make the decision for yourself.