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Non alcoholic beer?

Answered on March 29, 2014
Created March 29, 2014 at 1:54 AM

What are your thoughts on drinking non alcoholic beer from time to time? Or even alcoholic. I've been paleo for a little over a month but still occasionally have a beer to help boost my milk supply (I've breastfed my 15 month old since he was born). If you don't already know, beer is recommended to help boost supply and it always is extremely helpful for me when I'm feeling low on supply but I know it's not really "paleo" as it's pretty void of nutrition and high in carbs. What are your thoughts?

D7d4c7035da0e5ee13f035b8a3527f1f

on March 29, 2014
at 08:26 PM

Yes I've heard that too, I actually just watched a Ted talks video about that same study yesterday for one of my classes. All the more reason to eat the right, it's setting your kids up for success early! I wish is known about paleo when I was pregnant.

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on March 29, 2014
at 08:09 PM

Very interesting. I believe you =]. Paleo is all about the n=1 stuff.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1351272/

Interesting stuff reading about this. "The results demonstrated that the infants who had exposure to the flavor of carrots in breast milk behaved differently in response to that flavor in a food base than did nonexposed control infants. Moreover, those infants who were exposed to carrots prenatally were perceived by their mothers as enjoying the carrot-flavored cereal more compared with the plain cereal."

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on March 29, 2014
at 05:45 PM

Also interesting, babies like the taste of garlic milk for the opposite effect on feeding behavior as when their mother drinks beer.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1896276

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on March 29, 2014
at 05:24 PM

I did come across the folklore where mothers would drink beer to increase milk supply. In actuality, less milk was consumed over the same period (likely because of the change in odor / taste) which made the moms incorrectly think they produced more milk.

http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC2799511/

Interestingly, the consumption of nonalcoholic beer did result in a statistically significant change in the odor of the milk samples obtained from 5 of the 11 subjects.

I'm not sure what would be special about brewers yeast, besides some ordinary b vitamins.

D7d4c7035da0e5ee13f035b8a3527f1f

on March 29, 2014
at 05:14 PM

Ha thanks! I will get that brand next time. I really don't drink it often, just when my supply is feeling a little low but I need to look for that brand. I wonder if is have to order it...

D7d4c7035da0e5ee13f035b8a3527f1f

on March 29, 2014
at 05:13 PM

Yes, the brewers yeast in beer is what boosts milk supply. And to answer your previous questions, no I don't get buzzed and feed my kid lol just making that clear. If I do have a rare glass of wine, I always wait until it's metabolized out of my system.

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Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on March 29, 2014
at 04:53 PM

I can't read, for a minute, I thought you were drinking alcoholic beer for the proclaimed benefits. I would ditch the stuff, but in reading more about NA beer, it doesn't seem bad and might actually boost the coq10 content of the milk. (Although, the phenol antioxidant concentrations in beer go ales > lagers > low calorie > NA, where you would likely get more out of fruit / vegetables / organ meat.)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23186386

D7d4c7035da0e5ee13f035b8a3527f1f

on March 29, 2014
at 05:13 PM

Yes, the brewers yeast in beer is what boosts milk supply. And to answer your previous questions, no I don't get buzzed and feed my kid lol just making that clear. If I do have a rare glass of wine, I always wait until it's metabolized out of my system.

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on March 29, 2014
at 11:13 PM

In rabbit husbanding, you give does wheat germ or sprouted wheat just before and after kindling, for the purpose of producing a lot of milk. So there has to be a kernel of truth.

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on March 29, 2014
at 10:39 PM

I was told, after the birth of my first son, that Guiness Stout was good for bringing in the milk. I never really had a problem with my supply, though, and wasn't really impressed. Maybe it works for some...

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D7d4c7035da0e5ee13f035b8a3527f1f

on March 29, 2014
at 07:48 PM

I'll have to disagree with the statement that it is folklore. I drink it at night if I am feeling low and by morning I am nearly engorged (when normally I am not), and my son sleeps through the night in his own bed. I know of many other moms that have the same experience. The only other thing that does as well as that is oatmeal, which is also not paleo.

D7d4c7035da0e5ee13f035b8a3527f1f

on March 29, 2014
at 08:26 PM

Yes I've heard that too, I actually just watched a Ted talks video about that same study yesterday for one of my classes. All the more reason to eat the right, it's setting your kids up for success early! I wish is known about paleo when I was pregnant.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on March 29, 2014
at 08:09 PM

Very interesting. I believe you =]. Paleo is all about the n=1 stuff.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1351272/

Interesting stuff reading about this. "The results demonstrated that the infants who had exposure to the flavor of carrots in breast milk behaved differently in response to that flavor in a food base than did nonexposed control infants. Moreover, those infants who were exposed to carrots prenatally were perceived by their mothers as enjoying the carrot-flavored cereal more compared with the plain cereal."

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on March 29, 2014
at 04:48 PM

Redbridge is an NA gluten free beer. Never had it so I can't attest to the taste. I've had a few NA beers although not recently. The best are some of the German ones but they are barley or wheat based. Can't talk about milk production, it would be unusual for a guy to deal with that!

D7d4c7035da0e5ee13f035b8a3527f1f

on March 29, 2014
at 05:14 PM

Ha thanks! I will get that brand next time. I really don't drink it often, just when my supply is feeling a little low but I need to look for that brand. I wonder if is have to order it...

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Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on March 29, 2014
at 04:39 PM

How soon after getting buzzed are you breastfeeding your kid?

http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC2799511/table/T1/

Are you trying to put him on a low calorie diet? You might be able to boost the supply because it's tainted with beer and tastes off.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1886634

http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC2799511/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2761576

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D7d4c7035da0e5ee13f035b8a3527f1f

on March 29, 2014
at 04:08 PM

Thanks for the insight everybody. I guess I should've phrased my question a little better. I know beer is not "paleo" but I was wanting opinions on whether or not the benefits (increased milk production) would outweigh the no-no factor for me.

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on March 29, 2014
at 03:57 PM

Yes, they put a whole lot of corn in it to save money (A and NA). IIRC, commercial beer costs pennies a bottle to make.

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on March 29, 2014
at 03:21 PM

If you're drinking most commercial NA beer, you're likely not getting much (if any) of a gluten dose.

You could make a tea with hops perhaps? Fenugreek?

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on March 29, 2014
at 02:01 PM

It's made of grains, so no, not paleo, not ok to consume it. The problem isn't the high carb - potato, sweet potato, carrot, white rice are all high in carbs and yet are paleo. The problem is that they're made of grains which contain gluten, gliadin, or their analogues.

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