Alcohol Breast Feeding Myth - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/6/05

Alcohol Breast Feeding Myth

There's an old myth that women who have trouble breast feeding can boost their milk production with a little alcohol, but a new study suggests just the opposite.

The report in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology says 17 women were given the equivalent of one or two glasses of wine and they found it disrupted the normal hormone levels needed to produce milk, some by as much as 78%.

So, instead of helping milk production, the alcohol group took longer to get that first drop and they produced less milk overall.

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