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Information for when pregnant and breastfeeding

  • No amount of alcohol is safe. If you choose to drink alcohol, there are risks to both you and your baby’s health and development.
  • If you are trying to get pregnant, it is best not to drink alcohol. Your partner should drink no more than four standard drinks per day and no more than 10 standard drinks a week to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol.
  • If you have had alcohol before finding out you are pregnant, it does not necessarily mean your baby will be harmed. Talk to your doctor or midwife for advice.
  • If you are pregnant, the safest option is not to drink any alcohol.
  • If you are breastfeeding, the safest option is not to drink alcohol.

Tips to stop drinking alcohol

  • Choose non-alcoholic drinks like sparkling mineral water, soda water, non-alcoholic wines and beers, or milk.
  • Find ways other than drinking to catch up with family and friends like a walk, picnic or meal at a café.
  • If you are having trouble stopping drinking, talk to your doctor, midwife or child health nurse for support.

Breastfeeding and drinking

No amount of alcohol is safe while breastfeeding. If you choose to drink alcohol, there are risks to both you and your baby’s health and development. The safest option is not to drink alcohol when breastfeeding.

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Alcohol and child safety

To reduce the risk of alcohol related harm, the safest option is not to drink while supervising children.

Want to know more

Ask your doctor, midwife or your child health nurse.