Hmmm beverages and pregnancy and breastfeeding. What a minefield.
When I was pregnant with the Sproglette, I didn’t drink per se, but if Mr Moi was trying a new beer or wine, I had a sip to get a taste. With Harrie, I couldn’t be bothered engaging in something so futile, and so it transpires that I haven’t had alcohol all year.
The official information for alcohol consumption in pregnancy is very black and white – no alochol at all – but woman has an anecdote claims, “My/my friend’s/Dr Google’s OB said it was OK to have a glass of wine every now and then”.
It doesn’t help that the current generation of grandmas – i.e. the mothers of current child birthers – in the main part were never given any ‘don’t eat this, don’t drink that’ advice, and they can make you feel like a paranoid fool for following the current advice that is out there.
The reality is that the trend in drinking habits of Australians have changed since grandmas gave birth. Firstly, we drink a lot more – so much so that binge drinking is often the norm for many people. Secondly, we drink in the home when we’re not socialising. This was not the norm in the 60s and 70s.
There is a similar quandary with alcohol and breast feeding. Some sources claim that the amount of alcohol that escapes into breastmilk is minimal. Others claim it flows freely and you’ll seriously damage your baby if you drink and breastfeed. The hospital where I had the Sproglette serves a glass of wine with dinner, for goodness sake – and it’s a dedicated maternity hospital. Conflicting messages anyone?
When I was breastfeeding the Sproglette, I adhered to the rule regarding alcohol consumption – if you want to drink, do it while you’re feeding or just after you’ve fed. This will ensure it’s left the bloodstream by the time you feed again.
This time, I simply can’t be bothered. Timing the drinking, stressing that you might have to feed the baby earlier than planned – it’s all too much for far too futile an outcome. I haven’t had a drink all year, I can’t be bothered starting now.
I did, however, drink coffee all throughout my pregnancy with Harrie. Just one small coffee per day – my one indulgence. Since having her, though, I wonder what effect caffeine has on babies who are breastfed, seeing as anything that is drunk flows into the breast milk.
Food (and drink) for thought.