Women are often warned to not consume alcohol during pregnancy, as ample evidence has shown that it poses a severe and avoidable risk to her unborn baby. The risks of drinking and breastfeeding are not as well defined. (And let’s face it. You were so good for 9 months. How long before you can really enjoy the Veuve?) Breastfeeding mothers receive conflicting advice about whether alcohol and breastfeeding can have an effect on their baby, which often leaves mothers feeling like they have more questions than answers. So, what information should a mother who is considering drinking while breastfeeding know? Instead of being all judgy, we’ve outlined the prevalent research and you can make your own informed decision.
Q: I have heard you are not supposed to get “overheated” when you are pregnant. I’m not sure what this exactly means as I have continued to go to the gym and get quite heated during my workouts. Can you help me with this?
Q: Should I keep taking my prenatal vitamins while I am breastfeeding?