Does drinking beer really help milk supply?

You may have heard that drinking a beer can be good for your milk supply. But is it really?

According to this article by Emily Farris, posted in the New York Times: Is Drinking Beer Really Good for Breastfeeding? Or is that an Old Wives Tale? most benefits are outweighed by the alcohol, which can inhibit let-down. To read more click on the link above.

Alcohol can be compatible with nursing as long as it’s done safely. Generally, if you are safe to drive, it is safe to nurse. According to KellyMom “Alcohol does not accumulate in breastmilk, but leaves the milk as it leaves the blood; so when your blood alcohol levels are back down, so are your milk alcohol levels.” Alcohol peaks in the blood in a half to an hour later, so if you plan accordingly you can enjoy a drink and go right back to nursing. Keep in mind that every woman metabolizes alcohol different and it can depend on a number of factors such as how much you’ve eaten and your weight. Read more on KellyMom.

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