A fascinating note which should allay the concerns of breastfeeding mothers thinking of having a glass or two of wine this Christmas.
I am reproducing this from the AIMS Journal vol 25 No 3, 2013. More fascinating stuff from AIMS can be found at www.aims.org.uk
“You can buy test strips to check for alcohol levels in your milk”
These magic strips of course do not tell you what, if any, harm it might do, or that formula is also full of potentially harmful additives, or that if you are parenting whilst severely impaired due to alcohol, the levels in your milk be be less of a concern than being responsive to your baby.
This is a gadget that preys on women’s concerns about doing the best for their baby, feeds into the misconception that breastmilk may not be best and into the myth that breastfeeding stops you from going out and having fun.
Alcohol concentration in milk is roughly the same as the alcohol concentration of the blood plasma generating the milk. 0.5% blood plasma alcohol is a deadly level, yet drinking a liquid wiht a 0.5% alcohol content will have little or no effect. A person with 0.1% blood concentration of alcohol is llikely to be intoxicated, 0.08% blood alcohol content is the UK’s drink driving limit. However, 0.1% alcohol is the level of alcohol that occurs naturally in fresh orange juice. These strips detect alcohol at 13.1mg/dl; 100mg/dl would be equivalent to a 0.1% concentration of alcohol, so it would seem they are encouraging women to worry over an alcohol level that may be undetectable in their baby.