In addition, studies have shown that alcohol has an effect on a baby's behavior and sleep, even when taken in small quantities. You should definitely avoid nursing if you have had enough alcohol to feel it. If you feel it, chances are, your baby will as well.
If you're planning on having a glass or two of wine or beer, try to nurse your baby beforehand and then wait until the effects have worn off before nursing again. The alcohol content will be highest in your milk at the same time it is highest in your blood. If you know that you're going to have a night out on the town with alcohol involved, plan ahead-- pump some milk for your baby before you head out.
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