Australian guidelines for all women (except when pregnant) recommend no more than two standard drinks per day.
It's best to avoid alcohol for the first month after the birth until breastfeeding is going well and there's some sort of pattern to your baby's feeding. As babies get older, they fall into a more regular feeding pattern. You can often tell when their next feed will be. This makes it easier to enjoy a drink knowing that the next feed will contain little or no alcohol.
You should talk to a healthcare professional about your circumstances, but you could considering doing the below:
- Express milk ahead of your night out.
- Express and freeze milk just in case.
- If you miss a feed, express milk and throw it away to help you feel more comfortable.
- Your baby may not sleep as well as usual.
- Arrange for someone who isn't drinking to look after your baby.
- Don't sleep with your baby if you (or anyone else in the bed) are affected by alcohol.
Be aware that:
- You may not be able to take care of your baby properly if you're affected by alcohol.
- Your baby may be slower to reach developmental milestones.
- Alcohol may decrease the flow of your milk and thus reduce your supply.