A new study from the journal "Pediatrics" found that "elevated or high risk mother alcohol consumption" during lactation in children ages 6 and 7 with a reduced abstract reasoning accompanied. (Photo: Getty Images)

We may have to rethink the whole idea of ​​"a little alcohol while breastfeeding is OK".

This is what it says at least in a new study.

Before we move on, let's make that very clear: This article should not be a shame.

We just want to let you know what the experts are finding out. And this one is interesting. But remember, this is a study that will probably be much, much more.

New research shows that drinking during breastfeeding can negatively affect children's cognition

The journal "Pediatrics" published a study this month " Drinking or smoking while breastfeeding and later cognition in children" [19659010] The study examined 5,107 Australian babies as of October 2006. They checked every two years until the children were eleven years old to gauge the relationship between drinking and smoking habits of nursing mothers and the "abstract thinking" of children.

A recent study from the journal "Pediatrics" found that "increased or riskier mother's alcohol consumption" during breastfeeding was associated with reduced abstract thinking in children 6 and 7 years old. (Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto)

At the biennial meetings, mothers answered questionnaires about their alcohol intake and smoking habits during breastfeeding. Children completed three tests to assess their cognitive abilities.

The study found that "mother's high or low alcohol consumption" during breastfeeding was associated with reduced abstract thinking in children aged 6 to 7 years old.

However, this compound was absent in children aged 8 to 11 years. study said that may be because of increased education of children at this age.

Even in 6- and 7-year-olds who had never been breastfed, the connection was not present, "indicating a direct relationship between binge milk exposure and diminished cognition".

There was no link between smoking and cognitive development of children.

But that does not necessarily mean that it is safe to smoke while breastfeeding. This study only analyzed perception, not the effects on overall health and well-being.

What do other sources say?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Drinking alcohol is not the safest option for nursing mothers".

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But about one adult drink per day is usually "not known to be harmful" The CDC says, "Especially if the mother waits at least two hours for a single drink before breastfeeding."

Once a mother's alcohol intake exceeds one drink a day, it is known to negatively impact a child's "development, growth, and sleep patterns."

Mothers who drink excessively alcohol may also experience diminished milk production.

Should mothers pump and dump?

If you try to reduce the amount of alcohol in your breastmilk, pumping and deflation will not be enough. Just wait until the alcohol leaves your system.

"The alcohol content in breast milk is essentially the same as the alcohol content in the mother's blood," says the CDC. If your blood alcohol level is high, the alcohol level in your milk will be high.

If you pump alcohol within two hours of consuming a serving, it may be best to drain it to your "Exposure of children to alcohol … Breast milk will continue to contain alcohol as long as alcohol is still in the blood Mother is. "

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