Nursing and Alcohol

Last time I checked, nobody had done research on how much alcohol goes from the bloodstream to breastmilk.

It is established that there is SOME, but levels haven’t been studied.

Well, if the “sweat it out” cure for being drunk does not work, and there’s nothing else odd about milk glands, then the highest amount of alcohol that could possibly be in the milk is the same amount as there is in the blood.

*Pauses to see if the resources to test the theory magically appear.  Carries on when they fail to materialize.*

A BAC of .4 is in the lethal zone– and happens to be the same amount of alcohol in nonalcoholic beers.

(Came to mind because I was reminded of a story of a woman being arrested for child endangerment because the cops came, in response to her domestic violence call, and she nursed her child while drunk.)

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5 thoughts on “Nursing and Alcohol”

  1. If your infant Duchess (and I'll never forgive you for that :P) cannot walk, she is legally intoxicated.

    Aside from that, if some drunk wants to have kids, she is perfectly capable of doing so and having them taken away from her because she's a drunk.

  2. Pretty sure that being a drunk wouldn't be basis to have kids taken away– that would be discrimination on the basis of disability.

  3. “the highest amount of alcohol that could possibly be in the milk is the same amount as there is in the blood.”

    That's correct. EtOH rapidly equilibrates into all (water-containing) compartments in the body. That's why you can fairly accurately measure the BAC of the bloodstream via the content in the vapor from the lungs. Odds are, what'd you blow would be the best measurement the EtOH content of breast milk at that time.

    (For the same reasons, the EtOH content of the milk should fall as it falls in the bloodstream.)

    Keep in mind what matters in the concentration in the blood, not the drink. An NA beer is 0.4% alcohol, but drinking it barely registers in your blood (dilution and whatnot.)

    Most people (i.e., not alcoholics) are pleasantly buzzed in the range of 0.04-0.08, visibly impaired at 0.08-0.12, and approaching unconsciousness at 0.15 and above. So even if one nursed while intoxicated, they really wouldn't pass much on to their kid…not that I'd recommend that.

    (Usual disclaimers that I am not a physician and do not give medical advice, but I do know a thing or two about pharmacokinetics.)

  4. So even if one nursed while intoxicated, they really wouldn't pass much on to their kid…not that I'd recommend that.

    There's also the way that very few folks are going to chug a gallon or two of near-beer, but even then….

    Mostly made this post because I find the older I get, the more annoyed I become with the magical approach to science, especially when it's used to support rather nasty behavior by authorities on the ground without even a pretense of process.

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