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Alcohol in Breastmilk Testing Kit? Really?


So, yesterday I took a trip to Shoppers Drugmart to pick up a prescription. They said it would be about 20 minutes so Sawyer and I went to pick up a few things.

As I was scanning the baby section for some good deals I saw it. A kit (for $16.99) of test strips that you can use to test your breastmilk for booze. If the strips change colour apparently it is too alcoholic for your baby. I was torn between thinking that hey, it is a pretty cool idea, and omg, if you drink the much that you need to check your breastmilk you have other problems!

Personally, I am not a big drinker (have been in the past at times but I never drank during either pregnancy). I don’t see a problem with having a drink now and then and breastfeeding. I have done lots of research and basically your breastmilk will have the same amount of alcohol in it as your blood stream. So if you drink a beer that is 4% it will make your blood alcohol be like .04% (forgive the incorrect numbers I am just hypothesizing). So if your baby drinks that 0.04% milk, it will only elevate their blood alcohol level to 0.004% (or something along those lines).

I think pumping and dumping is stupid because any new milk you make as long as you have alcohol in your blood will still have some in it, and you have just wasted good milk. I have nursed three babies after a few drinks and never seen any immediate or long term effects in any of them (but I would never drink all the time or a lot).

I mean really, the thing that prevents new moms from drinking is not that they have to nurse, it’s that they have a newborn to take care of! You can’t just come home and pass out like the olden days. You have diapers to change and night feedings to cope with. And nothing is worse for a hangover headache than a wailing baby!

Once the girls are older and I get my tolerance back, then I will have a celebratory drink, but until then I will stick with my diet coke 🙂


About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


4 thoughts on “Alcohol in Breastmilk Testing Kit? Really?

  1. I had the same two reactions as you: great idea and what the heck? haha I agree pumping and dumping makes no sense. 😛
    I have never been too sure about drinking while breastfeeding. I asked for feedback on my blog back in the fall, if you’re interested: I liked some of the comments/info. 🙂

    Posted by Valerie | April 22, 2013, 2:34 am
  2. I strongly agree with all the points you brought up. Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will NOT help eliminate alcohol form the system quicker.

    Posted by Sopha Fox | April 26, 2013, 1:41 pm
    • You are right Sophia. Some people think of breastmilk like pee in that once it is made it sits in your bladder waiting for excretion. In actuality, breastmilk is more like blood in that things are always dissolving in and out of it. So as long as there is alcohol in your system it will be in your breastmilk. Mind you, as I stated the percentages are negligible from one drink.

      Posted by secaulfield | April 26, 2013, 1:59 pm


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