Alcohol: Pregnancy and babies

Stop drinking alcohol if you could be pregnant, are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Women who drink alcohol while pregnant are more likely to give birth to babies who:

It may be that even a low intake of alcohol is harmful to your unborn baby. For this reason, pregnant women are advised to drink no alcohol.

Go to Avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs to find out more, and where you can get help.

Alcohol and breastfeeding

Alcohol can reduce a woman’s supply of breast milk. Alcohol is also excreted in breast milk, can be passed on to the baby and may cause damage to the infant’s developing brain. Women who are breastfeeding are advised to avoid consumption of alcohol.

If you choose to drink alcohol while breastfeeding, it is suggested that you wait at least 2 hours before breastfeeding your baby for each standard drink. For example, if you have 2 standard drinks you should wait 4 hours before you breastfeed.

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