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Pump and Dump

Going to a Halloween party tonight with the baby for a few hours (and with DH). I plan on drinking (not heavily, but enough to get a buzz) for the first time since I became pregnant! Should I pump and dump? How long do I have to wait to be safe to nurse again? He does already get a 4oz bottle of expressed milk every night at 8pm... just not sure if his next feeding should also be a bottle? I plan on drinking a few beers (3?) and a couple shots (2?). (DH is going to be the sober one tonight, so no worries on that front). Let me know what other moms have done in past situations please, thanks!

  • Lulu
    Oct 27

    I don't pump and dump personally. I feel like whatever is in my blood goes through my liver and is cleansed before it goes through my mammory glands. By the time it reaches baby it's clean. I wouldn't say that goes for heavy drinking, but for a few drinks, I'd say you're fine and it's totally safe.

  • Lulu
    Oct 27

    Very adorable babe by the way :)

  • Allison
    Oct 27

    Pump and Dump is a catchy name for a practice that should never happen. Don’t do it! And spread the word! :) https://www.mother.ly/parenting/dont-drink-and-pump-a-psa-for-breastfeeding-moms

  • Anonymous
    Oct 27

    OMG HES SO CUTE!!!!!!! tears. Also my doctor said pump and dump is an old myth! She said you can think about it like alcohol level. So if you’re too tipsy to drive you’re too tipsy to feed. If you feel fine then you’re fine to feed :)

  • Tammie
    Oct 27

    It takes about 2 hours for the alcohol to leave your system

  • Livia
    Oct 27

    Do not dump! The alcohol content in your milk is the same as in your blood, which is negligible when consumed! Something like .03, similar to slightly fermented orange juice. If you don’t feel comfortable feeding, just wait a couple hours and it will be all gone.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 27

    There are little testers in the breast pump/feeding aisle of target where you can test your breast milk to make sure it’s safe enough for baby.

  • Jossie
    Oct 27

    Don’t pump and dump! It works just like alcohol levels in your blood. You just have to wait it out. At least 2 to 3 hours, it depends on consumption. Just to be safe I would just prepare him a bottle, pump when needed and test it with the strips, if still bad then dump, if not save the milk for next day 8pm bottle. Have a great time!

  • Lily
    Oct 27

    I don’t drink. But I was told that it doesn’t really help to pump and dump. Because it takes awhile for it to get to your milk. That being said, a little bit might get to the baby, but it is not a big deal because it has gone through your body and your body tries to put the best stuff in the milk.

  • Casey
    Oct 27

    As a short answer, my LC said that alcohol enters and leaves you milk the same as your blood, so if you wouldn't feel okay to drive, you're not ready to feed the baby yet.

  • Kristin
    Oct 27

    Thanks guys. I ended up not wanting to drink too much when I got there because I really just wanted to be good for the baby. Oh how priorities change! I had 3 beers and 1 Jell-O shot over the course of 5 hours, so I felt safe to feed him at 1:15am (it was a dream feed after we got home).

  • Margie
    Nov 06

    Awe what a cutie!