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Alcohol and breastfeeding

The safest choice is not drinking alcohol if you are breastfeeding.

Alcohol passes into your breastmilk but is not stored long-term in your breastmilk. The amount of the alcohol in your breastmilk is similar to the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. If choosing to drink alcohol, breastfeeding before having a drink is recommended. This allows time for the alcohol to leave your bloodstream and breastmilk before the next feeding.

Too much alcohol can affect how much milk your child drinks. Alcohol can also affect your child’s development. Breastfeeding and having an occasional alcoholic drink has not been shown to be harmful to your child. Heavy drinking should be avoided.

Planning on drinking alcohol or attending a special event where alcohol will be served? You can drink mocktails or other non-alcoholic drinks. Plan ahead if you are going to be away from your child as they may need to feed before you return. Learning about expressing and storing breastmilk can help you be more prepared. You can express your breastmilk to maintain your milk supply or for your own comfort. If there is alcohol in your milk, it is not safe to feed to your child.


Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding (PDF 1.6 MB) English / Francais

Mocktail Recipes (PDF 907 KB)


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