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Study Claims Sneaky Wine While Breastfeeding Causes No Harm

An occasional alcoholic drink while breastfeeding in the first eight weeks after giving birth appears to cause no harm to the baby, says an Australian researcher.

A study conducted by the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW and Deakin University found low levels of alcohol consumption had no impact on breastfeeding duration, infant feeding and sleeping behaviour at eight weeks.

There was also no negative association with infant developmental outcomes at eight weeks or 12 months.

"Whilst this study certainly does not in any way condone excessive alcohol consumption in new mums, it does suggest that those that have the occasional drink whilst using strategies to prevent alcohol reaching the infant, can do so without fear of causing harm," said lead researcher Delyse Hutchinson who presented the findings at the APSAD Scientific Alcohol and other Drugs Conference in Melbourne.

AAP

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