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It takes hours for alcohol to clear from breast milk. If drinking alcohol and breastfeeding, read these articles to learn how long to do it safely.

Alcohol and Breastfeeding

If a woman is struggling with alcohol addiction, she must stop nursing immediately and seek help. It takes hours for alcohol to clear from breast milk. If a new mother simply cannot resist having a drink, she must know how long to wait until the alcohol clears her milk before she can safely breastfeed. The numbers are different based on the kind of beverage a woman consumes.

  • It takes approximately 2-3 hours to clear each:
    • 2 oz of liquor
    • 8 oz of wine
    • 12 oz of beer

If a nursing mother wants to have a drink, the best time to do it is right after she finishes nursing her baby so the alcohol has more time to pass through her milk before the next feeding. It’s also wise to wait a little longer to be completely sure the breast milk is clear before feeding the baby again. Storing breast milk to use during this time is a wise idea.

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