Breastfeeding has previously been shown to have all kinds of health benefits for babies. It helps to protect them against infections, and it’s been linked to a reduced risk of childhood obesity and leukemia, as well as cardiovascular disease in adulthood. But now, scientists have found that breast milk also increases the levels of certain chemicals in babies’ brains that are linked to its development.
Not drinking alcohol is the safest option for breastfeeding mothers. Generally, moderate alcohol consumption by a breastfeeding mother (up to 1 standard drink per day) is not known to be harmful to the infant, especially if the mother waits at least 2 hours after a single drink before nursing.