Here is a chart that I created which gives you a general idea of how long after drinking a “standard” drink you should be able to breastfeed, based on your weight.
A standard drink is considered:
- 12 ounces of 5% beer
- 5 ounces of 11% wine
- 1.5 ounces of 40% liquor
This should only be used as a reference point and not a hard and fast rule. As you can see, the heavier you weigh, the faster your body takes to metabolize the alcohol in your system.
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Katie Clark is a Certified Lactation Educator, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, and IBCLC student. She has helped thousands of mothers and families around the globe navigate breastfeeding challenges and questions since 2015. She has a passion for creating research-based, helpful breastfeeding education and helping parents find a way to make breastfeeding work for them. Katie is a mom of three little boys and lives in the great state of Colorado. She also has a degree in Communications with an emphasis in print journalism.
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