Quote: Originally Posted by GreenGreta Quote: Originally Posted by GL SchmittThe biggest difference I see is that when your breastfeeding, your poor innocent baby is sucking back her first jack daniels. Hey, I don't think she ordered that.
Okay, so what’s that difference between breastfeeding under the influence and driving under the influence?
I thought my question was self-evident. What is the difference, judged legally as a socially reckless action
, between BUI and DUI?
BUI puts the baby at a small risk of minor harm, while DUI puts everybody sharing the road at risk of damages ranging from incidental all the way up to terminal.
Yet one perpetrator gets a penalty of 29 years and $100,000 fine, while the other (depending upon the quality of his lawyer) may get nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
I was not defending the woman’s actions, merely noting the different penalties for what seems to be a similar, or slighter, crime.
I still hold to that judgement.
As for how breastfeeding mothers and alcohol mix:
Online sources vary drastically in their advice, corelated to the prejudices of the publishing group, varying from absolutely forbidden alcohol to the other extreme of recommending alcohol (erroneously) as a remedy for mothers with low milk production.
Until recently, some mothers were advised to drink small quantities of alcohol to increase their milk production. The belief that drinking increased the mother’s output proved to be the result of changes in prolactin and oxytocin levels.
The increase in prolactin levels result in less milk production, although it may also have given the mother a false feeling of fullness.
The decrease of oxytocin levels would slow the release of the nourishment to the infant.
While pregnant mothers always pass any alcohol consumed on to her unborn child, since alcohol is not trapped in the milk, breastfeeding mothers are permitted to imbibe, provided they abstain a few hours before feedings.
Drinking alcohol does not seriously harm the baby (or the mother) provided it is restricted to no more than 12 units of alcohol a week, and no more than two units in any one day.
There is even one listing that includes a chart to help one estimate, by body weight and time, the duration to wait for a standard volume of alcohol to be eliminated, before safely commencing breastfeeding.
Suspiciously, however, one of the organizations listed as contributing to the information cited in this article is the “Brewers Association of Canada
Personal aside: It has been quite some time since I have had any intimate experience with this topic, but as I recall, those several hours waiting period would effectively eliminate the time for the mother to actually enjoy her drink; but then, my experience comes from a time before the proliferation of pumps and human milk storage technology.