We're often told to avoid alcohol when breastfeeding. That's the "safe" answer, but it's not always practical. So, if you're going to have a drink, what do you need to know to protect your breast milk? How long should you wait to breastfeed your baby? How much alcohol is actually getting into your milk and how can that impact your baby?
Pump and Dump
You need to have surgery, but how will the anesthesia impact your breast milk? Is it safe to breastfeed your baby after having major surgery? Should you pump and dump your breast milk, just to be safe?
We all have our own unique breastfeeding challenges. Overcoming those challenges and persevering can greatly empower you on your breastfeeding journey. April learned about her aggressive cancer just 11 days after giving birth to her fourth child. Determined to breastfeed her baby, April pumped and dumped her breast milk throughout her chemo treatments in order to keep her milk supply. This is her amazing story of strength and determination.
After nine long months of pregnancy, you may be itching for an ice-cold beer or a glass of wine, but is it safe to drink if you’re breastfeeding? Are there any special precautions you should take? In this post, pediatrician Dr. James Murphy advises on the ins and outs of drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.