Q – Slings and baby carriers seems to becoming more and more popular. What are some of the top slings and carriers and what should I be looking for when purchasing one?
Good Food Magazine – 101 One Pot Dishes
1 kg boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbls olive oil
1/2 lemon finely chopped – the zest, pith and flesh
100gr whole blanched almonds
140gr/5oz green olives (the ones with the pits taste best)
250ml chicken stock
Large handful of cilantro or flat leafed parsley, chopped
Q – My baby is 3 months old and will only go to sleep if I feed him. He cries if I try to rock him or sing to him. Sometimes, I feed him for 45 minutes before he falls asleep. When I take him to his crib I have to carefully put him down. If he wakes up, the cycle starts again. Also, if I burp him he wakes up. If I don’t burp him he wakes up 30 minutes later and he needs to be burped. This is exhausting for me. Any suggestions?
As excited as new moms are about the birth of their baby, they also can’t believe the body that’s been left behind. Our round, voluptuous body that seemed so beautiful while pregnant is completely transformed! What makes matters worse is that new moms 1) don’t have time to do traditional exercise and 2) shouldn’t be dieting.
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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 affect 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.
La Leche League’s THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING (p. 328) says:
The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother ingests. When the breastfeeding mother drinks occasionally or limits her consumption to one drink or less per day, the amount of alcohol her baby recieves has not been proven to be harmful.
La Leche League’s THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK (pp. 597-598) says:
Alcohol passes freely into mother’s milk and has been found to peak about 30 to 60 minutes after consumption, 60 to 90 minutes when taken with food. Alcohol also freely passes out of a mother’s milk and her system. It takes a 120 pound woman about two to three hours to eliminate from her body the alcohol in one serving of beer or wine…the more alcohol that is consumed, the longer it takes for it to be eliminated. It takes up to 13 hours for a 120 pound woman to eliminate the alcohol from one high-alcohol drink. The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother consumes.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs considers alcohol compatible with breastfeeding. It lists possible side effects if consumed in large amounts, including: drowsiness, deep sleep, weakness, and abnormal weight gain in the infant, and the possiblity of decreased milk-ejection reflex in the mother. The drug transfer table is available at: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;108/3/776/T6 and the full text of The Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk can be found at http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;108/3/776
Dr. Jack Newman, member of the LLLI Health Advisory Council, says this in his handout “More Breastfeeding Myths”:
Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all. As is the case with most drugs, very little alcohol comes out in the milk. The mother can take some alcohol and continue breastfeeding as she normally does. Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.
Thomas W. Hale, R.Ph. Ph.D., member of the LLLI Health Advisory Council, says this in his book Medications and Mothers’ Milk (11th ed.):
Adult metabolism of alcohol is approximately 1 oz in 3 hours, so that mothers who ingest alcohol in moderate amounts can generally return to breastfeeding as soon as they feel neurologically normal.
Important Considerations about Alcohol and Breastfeeding
- Your baby’s age
- A newborn has an immature liver, and will be more affected by alcohol
- Up until around 3 months of age, infants metabolize alcohol at about half the rate of adult
- An older baby can metabolize alcohol more quickly than a young infant
- Your weight
- A person’s size has an impact on how quickly they metabolize alcohol
- A heavier person can metabolize alcohol more quickly than a lighter person
- Amount of alcohol
- The effect of alcohol on the baby is directly related to the amount of alcohol that is consumed
- The more alcohol consumed, the longer it takes to clear the mother’s body
- Will you be eating
- An alcoholic drink consumed with food decreases absorbtion
Can drinking an alcoholic beverage help me relax and stimulate milk production?
Alcohol consumption has not been shown to stimulate milk production. Studies have found that babies nurse more frequently, but consume less milk in the 3-4 hours after an alcoholic beverage is consumed.
Do I have to pump and dump after drinking an alcoholic beverage?
As alcohol leaves the bloodstream, it leaves the breastmilk. Since alcohol is not “trapped” in breastmilk (it returns to the bloodstream as mother’s blood alcohol level declines), pumping and dumping will not remove it. Pumping and dumping, drinking a lot of water, resting, or drinking coffee will not speed up the rate of the elimination of alcohol from your body.
What if I get drunk and should breastfeed afterwards?
Mothers who are intoxicated should not breastfeed until they are completely sober, at which time most of the alcohol will have left the mother’s blood. Drinking to the point of intoxication, or binge drinking, by breastfeeding mothers has not been adequately studied. Since all of the risks are not understood, drinking to the point of intoxication is not advised.
Can alcohol abuse affect a breastfed baby?
Yes. Alcohol abuse (excessive drinking) by the mother can result in slow weight gain or failure to thrive in her baby. The let-down of a mother who abuses alcohol may be affected by her alcohol consumption, and she may not breastfeed enough. The baby may sleep through breastfeedings, or may not suck effectively leading to decreased milk intake. The baby may even suffer from delayed motor development. If you are concerned that you or someone you know is drinking alcohol excessively, call your doctor.
Weighing the Risks and Benefits
Many mothers find themselves in a situation where they may want to drink. Maybe you are going to a wedding where wine will be served. Or perhaps you are going on a girls night out, or on a date with your husband. No matter the reason, you may have concerns about drinking and any possible affects on your baby. It is a good idea to weigh the benefits of breastfeeding against the benefits and possible risks of consuming alcohol. You might find the following suggestions helpful.
- Plan Ahead
- If you want to drink, but are concerned about the effect on your baby, you can store some expressed breastmilk for the occasion
- You can choose to wait for the alcohol to clear your system before nursing
- If your breasts become full while waiting for the alcohol to clear, you can hand express or pump, discarding the milk that you express
This post was updated on May 17, 2015.
- Do not use a crib made before 1986. Check the label on your child’s crib to see how old it is. If your crib does not have a label, or is homemade, it may not be safe to use.
- Be sure that the space between crib bars is no more than 6 centimetres or 2-3/8 inches.
- Choose a crib where the part supporting the mattress is attached permanently to the crib frame. It should not be attached by S-shaped or Z-shaped hooks.
- Do not use a crib that has any corner posts that could catch on your child’s clothing.
- Do not buy a crib that has loose, missing or broken parts.
- Make sure the mattress in the crib is firm and no more than 15 centimetres or 6 inches thick.
- Make sure the mattress fits tightly against all 4 sides of the crib. If you can fit more than one finger between the mattress and each side of the crib, the mattress is too small. Babies can get wedged between the mattress and the side of the crib.
Safety tips for using cribs:
- Always lock the sides of the crib in the upright position after placing your baby in it.
- Keep your baby’s crib away from windows, curtain or blind cords. Children can fall out of the window or get caught in curtain or blind cords.
- Do not put large stuffed toys, pillows, bumper pads and thick comforters into your baby’s crib. These items can suffocate your baby.
- Make sure your baby does not have a bib, necklace, or anything tied around his or her neck when in the crib. These items could get caught on parts of the crib and strangle your baby.
- As soon as your baby can push up on his hands or knees, remove toys strung across the crib. Your baby can become caught in these toys and strangle.
- When your child is about 90 centimetres or 35 inches tall, he or she can climb out of the crib. This is the time to move your child from the crib into a low bed.
Q – I am 2 ½ months pregnant and for some reason I have an increased amount of acne. I don’t normally suffer from it and it has been just since I have become pregnant that it is happening. Is there something that I can do to reduce it?
Q – I have read in 3 different pregnancy books that you should not sleep on your back when you are pregnant. Why is this? I am 7 months pregnant and that is pretty much the only position that is comfortable for me! Can you tell me what the deal is?