Alcohol BLOG

One of the most prevalent breastfeeding taboos is drinking while breastfeeding. It is never a good thought that a nursing mother should be drinking at all. It poses many threats to the baby’s physical as well as mental development. What really are the effects of breastfeeding when under the influence of alcohol?

Disrupted Sleep

Breastfeeding after alcohol consumption on a regular basis affects the baby’s sleeping patterns. While alcohol is known as a downer or a sedative for most drinkers, for babies it is quite the opposite. It disrupts the baby’s sleep making him agitated.

Less Breast Milk

Alcohol consumption also reduces the volume of the mother’s breast milk, making the release and availability of breast milk lesser by a considerable amount.

Liver Problems

Babies that are still developing their livers can experience serious problems if they were exposed to even the slightest alcohol content. Their livers are just not ready to take any amount of alcohol and thus can be damaging to the liver and its development.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Breastfeeding and drinking alcohol increases the chances of SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or sometimes called crib death, is a sudden death of a baby that is highly unexpected considering medical history and may remain unexplainable even after a forensic autopsy.

Slow Development

Studies have shown that alcohol consumption before breastfeeding causes a slow gain in weight for babies. It may retard the baby’s mental growth, inhibit motor skill development or lead to hyperglycemia which could lead to several complications.

So, if you're a drinker, you need to sober up once you decide to become a parent -- for your baby's health and proper development.