I live in (Canada’s version of) wine country here in the Okanagan. It’s lovely! There are literally six wineries within walking distance of our house and in the summers we can go for tastings and then just log-roll down the hill to get back home instead of having to call a taxi.
I am actually not that much of a drinker. I’ll imbibe if we’re out for a girls’ night and there are bellinis on the menu, and I enjoy a cool, crisp glass of white wine on a hot summer’s afternoon, as well as a splash of Bailey’s in my coffee after a fancy dinner at a swanky restaurant. Aside from that, I live a pretty dry life.
That being said, I craved a glass of white wine HARDCORE in the final months of my pregnancy, what with the 40 degree summer heat and the fact that if you tell me I can’t have something, it makes me want it with every ounce of my deprived soul.
This weekend I finally uncorked a bottle of Riesling when we had some friends over for dinner and my, oh, my, it was some sweet goodness! I had two glasses over the course of the evening and really enjoyed it. Then I kind of panicked and Googled “alcohol and breast-feeding” just to see if I was going to make my baby a drunkard from my milk. The information I found was, of course, conflicted. Some sites said it was best to completely avoid alcohol while nursing; others said it was fine within moderation.
I don’t plan to drink much more while I’m breast-feeding (and yes, even though I am pumping exclusively I still consider myself a breast-feeder since I am feeding my baby what comes out of my breasts) now that I’ve had my forbidden glass of white wine.
I’m curious, though. What was your approach to alcohol consumption while you were nursing your baby?