People Aren't Happy About Jessie James Decker Drinking And Breastfeeding

by Cassandra Stone
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Image via Instagram/Jessie James Decker

Jessie James Decker’s latest Instagram photo has people talking

Singer and songwriter Jessie James Decker shared a photo of herself breastfeeding her son on Instagram, and the mom-shamers are coming out of the woodwork because, in the photo, it appears Decker is also holding a glass of wine.

The picture shows Decker feeding her infant son, Forrest Bradley, and living her best life while holding a flute containing a rose-colored adult beverage.

Almost immediately, people offered their opinions on the photo and what it implies.

Since inquiring minds want to know, here’s the low-down on what science and experts have to say about drinking while breastfeeding.

According to the Center for Disease Control, moderate alcohol consumption by a breastfeeding mother — up to one standard drink per day — isn’t known to be “harmful to the infant.” They recommend waiting two hours to nurse after drinking one alcoholic beverage. And just so there’s no confusion on what they mean by a “standard drink,” here ya go: one standard drink is equal to 0.6 ounces of pure alcohol. That’s one 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5-ounce shot of liquor.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has similar recommendations. They suggest that “nursing should take place two hours or longer after the alcohol intake to minimize its concentration in the ingested milk.”

Speaking of the concentration of alcohol in milk — it’s the same as your blood alcohol concentration. These concentrations peak approximately 30-45 minutes after you’ve had a standard drink, and as your body breaks the alcohol down, the concentrations drop. Which is most likely why the leading experts recommend waiting two hours. And why sipping a drink while nursing at the same time doesn’t have the same effect on your body or your baby — because of the concentration.

Basically, if you have any further concerns about alcohol consumption — either yours or a celebrity mom’s — just talk to your doctor.

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