Alcohol consumption

Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding may not increase milk supply – Pediatrician

A specialist in pediatric nutrition, gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Calabar, Professor Emmanuel Ekanem, has warned nursing mothers against drinking alcohol, noting that it does not increase breast milk production.

He said such an act can potentially harm the baby as alcohol can easily pass from a woman’s bloodstream into breast milk.

Professor Ekanem advised women who have difficulty expressing breast milk to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.

“Liquids would generally help in the production of breast milk,” he added.

The former chief medical director of Uyo University Teaching Hospital has also warned pregnant women against drinking alcohol, noting that it can cause a condition known as alcoholism syndrome. fetal, which has an impact on the overall development of a child.

According to the Mayo Clinic, fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition in a child that results from exposure to alcohol during the mother’s pregnancy.

He noted that the irreversible condition causes brain damage and growth problems.

“The problems caused by fetal alcohol syndrome vary from child to child, but the defects caused by fetal alcohol syndrome are not reversible. No amount of alcohol is known to be safe to drink during pregnancy. If you drink while pregnant, you put your baby at risk of fetal alcohol syndrome,” he warned.

Professor Ekanem noted that while liquids can generally help a breastfeeding mother produce more milk, there could be risks if the liquid is mixed with alcohol.

He said: ‘Liquids generally help women produce more milk, but liquids containing alcohol are not advised. Indeed, alcohol passes very easily from blood to breast milk.

“Fluids will help the woman produce more breast milk. Drinking plenty of fluids is good for a nursing mother, but it doesn’t have to be alcohol. Alcohol passes into breast milk and I don’t think you want your baby drunk.

Regarding the degree of danger that alcoholic breast milk poses to a baby, Ekanem said, “Whatever alcohol does to the mother, it will do the same to the newborn.

He added: ‘It can cause the baby’s blood sugar level to drop and can also affect the nervous system. I do not advise a breastfeeding mother to drink alcohol while breastfeeding.

Professor Ekanem recommended water, soft drinks and fruit juices for breastfeeding mothers. He also advised them to eat soups, fruits and observe plenty of rest to help them express more breast milk.

Meanwhile, children’s exposure to alcohol through breast milk can lead to a comparable decline in their cognitive abilities, a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Paediatrics has found.

According to researchers from Macquarie University in Australia, the study is the first to examine associations between exposure to alcohol through breast milk and cognition in children.

The authors, in an interview with CNN, said they obtained data from a longitudinal study, a continuous study of data over a period of time, of 5,107 Australian infants who were recruited in 2004 and assessed every two years until ‘at the age of 11.

They noted that their mothers were asked about their alcohol consumption from a modified questionnaire used by the World Health Organization.

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