I wanted you to see an interesting article about breastfeeding women who get together to share a beer. This was published on Cafe Mom. These moms call their group: “Brews and Babies”. They sometimes drink a beer called “Mother’s Milk Stout” which sounds lovely.
“While some would argue that breastfeeding moms shouldn’t be drinking alcohol, Dr. Thomas Hale says differently in the must-have guide to medications and breastfeeding, Medications and Mothers’ Milk: Beer, but not ethanol, has been reported in a number of studies to stimulate prolactin levels and breast milk production. Thus it’s presumed that the polysaccharide from barley may be the prolactin-stimulating component of beer. Non-alcoholic beer is equally effective.”
It is true that alcohol gets into breastmilk. These mothers are drinking one beer together at a favorite local pub. As far as I can tell, neither Dr. Hale nor breastfeeding guru Dr. Jack Newman would find this objectionable. I’ve met Dr. Newman. He’d probably sit down with them, have a beer and discuss breastfeeding!