By Grace Gallagher, Feb 28, 2024

This is a guideline, though, not a hard-and-fast rule. Many factors are at play when it comes to metabolizing alcohol. “Blood alcohol levels and the length of time alcohol can be detected in breast milk correlate with how much alcohol has been consumed, how fast it’s consumed, body weight, whether it was consumed with food, and how fast it’s broken down by the mother’s body,” says Dr. Kecia Gaither, M.D., an OB-GYN, maternal fetal medicine specialist, and director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals.

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