Can you drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Alcohol can be passed through to breast milk.  It is safest to not drink, however if you are organised you can enjoy a glass of wine or another alcoholic beverage when breastfeeding.

As a guide, alcohol will be in your breast milk 30 to 60 minutes after you start drinking. It takes approximately 2 hours for an average woman to metabolise 1 standard alcoholic drink (10g of alcohol). The Feed Safe app ( can help you work out these times more accurately.

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