Brooklyn Breastfeeding Moms Meet Up At The Bar For A Beer With Their Babies!

Tue, March 22, 2011 2:06pm EDT by 11 Comments

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How do you feel about drinking a beer while breastfeeding? This group of moms thinks it’s great!

Brooklyn moms, who’ve nicknamed themselves “Brews and Babies,” believe in the old wives’ tale that beer increases milk production, so they meet regularly at a local bar to drink beer, talk, and burp their babies. Bethenny Frankel would love this! But do YOU think this is OK?

New mom Netta Rosenman started the first meet-up at Bar Great Harry, where “sixteen new moms with babies between 3 weeks and 3 months stormed the bar decked out in Baby Bjorns and pushing bassinet strollers,” fellow beer-drinking mama Needu Taha tells The Stir. “Most of the babies slept. Others nursed at their moms’ breasts. All of us drank beer. We regaled one another with birth stories, poop stories, and bonded over sleep-deprived nights.”

Since then, a small group of ladies — those who have not returned to their full-time jobs — meet at a bar called The Brazen Head once a week to throw back a pint. “Don’t call social services on us just yet,” Needu explains. “Our group’s beer drinking forays are always carried out with our babies’ best interests in mind. In other words, none of us are doing bar slides or belly shots. In fact, typically, no mom has more than one beer.”

So HollyMoms, how do you feel about this? Would you join the “Brews and Babies” for a beer or does this bother you?

–Leigh Blickley


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Scott-TheBrewClub.com

Posted at 10:54 AM on May 6, 2011  

I thought it was an old Wives tale too, but I did a little research and it seems to be true! There’s a lot of research out there showing positive results, or neutral results at worst. There’s also lots of data out there showing the rate of transfer of chemicals through breast milk to the child, and alcohol isn’t red-flagged. (Heck, they prescribe heavy pain-killers after birth and nobody worries about that.)

If you’re really nervous, non-alcoholic beer will also do the trick.

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Sheen

Posted at 9:07 AM on March 23, 2011  

Wonder how many of the drunks gave birth to babies who will suffer birth defects like Fetal Alcohol Syndrome their whole lives.

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Dragonfly

Posted at 4:03 PM on March 23, 2011  

Only you Luv… only you;-)

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Bill

Posted at 8:59 AM on March 23, 2011  

Sounds like a really low class bunch!

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Dragonfly

Posted at 4:00 PM on March 23, 2011  

Sounds like yet another man who knows nothing about a woman’s biology or milk production… If you have nothing of value to add to what could be an intelligent exchange, maybe you could just save the insults for a more suited gossip blog.

Trish… Hopefully your post didn’t fall on deaf ears;-)

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Trish

Posted at 10:52 PM on March 22, 2011  

I totally agree with Dragonfly!! The brewers yeast and hops in beer actually does increase milk production, and and Lactation Consultant can tell you this!! I love this idea, since having a new baby can make you feel very isolated and make depression worse…..

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Bill

Posted at 9:00 AM on March 23, 2011  

You’re a slob!

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Dragonfly

Posted at 3:43 PM on March 22, 2011  

Never posted on this site before but your ignorance obliges me to inform you that it IS NOT an old wives tale that beer increases milk production. It is fact ladies!! One beer (not 2, 3 or 4) will not harm your baby or give him/her alcohol poisoning. Puritanical, Judgemental AND Ignorant??! Good grief… Please read up on a subject before you post.

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thats dumb

Posted at 2:49 PM on March 22, 2011  

what unfit “moms”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why wold u drink a beer while feeding!that is dumb on so mny levels !are they 2 stupid to realise that the babys can drink beer throgh them4give my spelling im 12

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BlackWolf

Posted at 9:48 AM on March 23, 2011  

Wow! You can’t even spell and your gonna tell the world how to live. Your no better then the rest of these idiots here, what ever happened to this is a free country or does that only apply to illegal imigrants-drug dealers-Murders-rapist-goverment employees and sports players. It saddens me that this country has fallen into such a pus pool that it has to resort to this to justify-(or cover up) its own exsistance…

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Courtney

Posted at 2:26 PM on March 22, 2011  

this is totally not OK the alcohol can pass to the baby through the milk which if they drink enough can give the little one alcohol poisoning or worse

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