#boozeandboobs series: Pumping and Dumping That Liquid Gold

Second in our #boozeandboobs series: pumping and dumping that liquid gold. 🍺🤱🏻

I get this question a lot - do you have to pump and dump your breastmilk if you’re drinking? The answer is MAYBE 🤷🏿‍♀️ to pumping and NEVER 🙅🏼‍♀️to dumping.

As discussed yesterday, alcohol likes breastmilk as much as it likes blood. It travels around and generally doesn’t stay put. Pumping will remove the alcohol that is currently in your breastmilk, but guess what - your breasts will just produce more milk and more alcohol will transfer. Pumping is NOT an effective or efficient way to remove alcohol from your body. 🚫 Pumping IS necessary to maintain milk supply if you are separated from your infant/toddler. Most people need to remove milk every 2-3 hours to maintain supply. ⏰ It IS necessary if you choose to wait a period of time between drinking and providing breastmilk to your infant/toddler.

So what do you do with that milk after you pump?

💥SAVE IT! USE IT! MIX IT!💥There are many options. You can save it to give to your infant/toddler at a later date when their liver is more mature and better able to process alcohol. You can use it in a milk bath 🛁(water dilutes it). You can make breastmilk jewelry out of it. 💍 You can give it to your baby/toddler if you feel comfortable, because the DOSE of alcohol will generally be low. You can mix it with “sober” breastmilk to dilute it and then give it to your baby/toddler (thanks Tamar Yellin for that line!). You can add it to your coffee ☕️ as creamer - that’s a joke (kind of). JUST DON’T DUMP YOUR MILK! #endthepumpanddump

🥂IN SUMMARY🥂

1️⃣ Pumping only removes the alcohol that is currently in your breastmilk. Your breasts will just produce more milk and more alcohol will transfer. Pumping isn’t an effective or efficient way to remove alcohol from the body.

2️⃣ You need to pump if you’ll be away from your infant/toddler for more than 2-3 hours or if you choose to wait a certain amount of time between drinking and providing breastmilk. This maintains milk supply.

3️⃣ DON’T DUMP YOUR MILK!

Stay tuned for the next post - alcohol’s effect on supply. 🎉

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