Bekah Martinez Breastfeeding with a Glass of Wine Sparks Debate

Bekah Martinez Breastfeeding With a Glass of Wine Has Parents Fired Up

People have a lot to say, but how about where the experts weigh in?
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April 17, 2019

Different day, same snapshot. You probably remember Jessie James Decker’s infamous Instagram post where she was holding a glass of wine while breastfeeding her baby. The famous mom faced a lot of criticism after doing so, and now Bekah Martinez is under fire for the same reason.

The 24-year-old former The Bachelor contestant shared a photo of herself breastfeeding her baby while holding a glass of wine in her hand. “I was waiting patiently for her to finish nursing before beginning my (single!) glass of wine,” the new mom writes on Instagram. Needless to say, people were ready with their pitchforks.

"You know it might be just one glass, but where are her morals and self-respect,” one comment reads. “What this picture really says to me is that she is a selfish, ignorant, piece of sh*t.”

“Why is the wine so important? Why can’t you mothers wait a couple months? What’s the harm in that,” a note asks.

“I will judge the hell out of you for that. That’s horrible,” another message reads.

The snapshot sparked a heated conversation on whether or not it’s safe to consume alcohol while breastfeeding. People have vastly different views on the topic, but how about what the experts have to say? The truth is, what you consume while you’re still breastfeeding does affect baby because it transfers through your breast milk. According to the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding women should avoid drinking alcohol habitually, but they do give some tips on how to enjoy an occasional glass. If you’re planning on indulging in one drink, the AAP recommends having it just after you nurse or pump, and to wait at least two hours per drink before your next nursing or pumping session.

Based off of their recommendation, Martinez is in the clear. In her post, she specifically states she’s going to drink her glass of wine after her daughter finishes nursing, and even points out she’s only having a “single” glass.

In the end, it’s up to the mother and her doctor to decide what’s right for her—not the hundreds of commenters hidden behind screens.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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