New research has revealed that two-thirds of Australian women who breastfeed did not feel that they fully understood the risks of drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.
A Kantar Public study commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) of women who were or had recently been breastfeeding (in the past two years) and usually drank alcohol (when not pregnant or breastfeeding), found that:
67% felt that they do not fully understand the risks of alcohol use while breastfeeding
65% were not aware of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Alcohol Guideline for women who are breastfeeding
93% of women who had consumed alcohol while breastfeeding had employed some harm minimisation strategy, however many were using ineffective harm minimisation strategies.
FARE CEO, Ms Caterina Giorgi said the new research highlighted the need f