Testing Breast Milk for Alcohol - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/29/06

Testing Breast Milk for Alcohol

We know that women should avoid alcohol during pregnancy, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says it is okay for new moms who are breastfeeding to have an occasional glass of wine or beer, if they wait before breastfeeding again.

"We know after a glass of wine if you wait three hours for any weight woman, the alcohol should be gone from your milk," said Dr. Alison Stuebe, an obstetrician.

But now, two moms from Texas have developed a test so that a woman who chooses to have an occasional alcoholic drink can test herself later to make sure her milk is alcohol free before she feeds her baby again. The test is called Milk Screen and it's a simple at home test to detect alcohol in breast milk. You saturate a special pad with breast milk, then wait two minutes. If the color changes that means there is still alcohol present in the milk.

"The bottom line is breastfeeding is good for mothers, it's really good for kids and we need to help moms fit it into her life and if this test is another way to do it then it's a good thing," said Dr. Stuebe.

Again the test is called Milk Screen and it costs about $20 online, although some stores are starting to carry it as well.

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