Rocky Mountain High

November 2nd, 2009

Rocky Mountain High - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

“I was 3 months old and my parents (who met in the Sierra Club) took me on a trip to Yosemite for some cross country skiing. She swears that no one knew in 1977 that drinking beer while breastfeeding may not have been a good idea. ”

(submitted by Allison)

270 Responses to “Rocky Mountain High”

  1. Andi says:

    I think we are forgetting when ppl needed to travel in the cold in the snow w less clothing….rock on momma hikin it w a babe!

  2. Brandi says:

    Coors was my first taste of beer too. I was four.

  3. Tabby says:

    Drinking beer is not good during breastfeeding because of the alcohol content. Brewers Yeast which is in beer however is good. It boosts your milk supply but you should bake it in cookies! Glad to see mom has a sense of humour as she’s holding dad’s beer!

    • Vampica says:

      FYI doctors say while breast feeding one beer a day is fine and even healthy

    • Andi says:

      Actually the alcohol does not make it way to the breast milk, the mothers body processes through it before it can actually make it’s way through the mammary glands. Because the body is processing all the yeast in the beer this produces more milk and them other has an easier time feeding.

  4. Jasmine says:

    Everyone, do your research on pregnancy norms from different time frames. At one point alcohol was given to pregnant mothers in Ivs.

  5. Tiffany says:

    While I support breastfeeding wholeheartedly, I couldn’t imagine doing it out in the cold! This mom’s a better, hardier woman than I am! πŸ™‚

  6. Crystal says:

    I LOL’d at this. When my milk supply starts getting low, I have been told that, among other things such as taking Fenugreek and eating Oatmeal, drinking beer helps up your supply. That being said, given the family history of addictive behaviors, I have chosen not to even try the stuff.

    • Tabby says:

      You should use Brewers yeast, not drink beer. Brewers Yeast is the agent in beer that helps increase milk supply but it’s better if you have it in your favourite cookie recipe … providing they’re not special cookies of course.

      • Katie says:

        Tabby, most experts say that the amount of alcohol is one beer or glass of wine is fine. It can relax the mother and in that way improve production.

  7. Gertie says:

    We need more moms like this πŸ™‚ Athletic, adventurous, family-oriented & not afraid of a little alcohol.

  8. Allison says:

    For the record, Mom says she was holding Dad’s beer while he was taking a photo. Not that it would have been bad to be drinking a beer while breastfeeding as so many have pointed out in the comments. I hope my kids get to do even half the fun things I got to do with my awesome parents!

    • Valerie says:

      As I started to type my comment, I realized that your post was quite a long time ago! Anyway I still wanted to say, the first thing that came to mind when I saw this picture was, “Look at that pop top!” And your Mom reminds me quite a lot of my mom, Coors can and all. Love it!

  9. Beth says:

    It’s the hops in the beer that is good for lactation. Very bitter in tea alone, but oooh so tasty in beer!

  10. JoeyLites says:

    Cheaper then formula.

  11. meh says:

    I don’t see the funny. Is the snow too cold to drink beer?

  12. Becky says:

    By cold one they mean the beer and not the baby, right?

  13. RC says:

    mom has two cold ones, one for herself, one she’s sharing.

  14. LOOKIN says:

    A woman can do anything a man can do and more!

  15. LOOKIN says:

    That one way to keep the baby from causing a snow slide….beeer up and keep it quiet>

  16. Jay B says:

    Wow!! A nun,drinking a beer,while breast feeding in ther snow…….wow!!!

  17. dfgd says:

    Coors+breastmilk=Bailey’s Irish Cream.

  18. Poppy Jean says:

    This mom rocks! I am nursing my year old baby and have been known to have a beer or a glass of wine while nursing — my pediatrician told me that it was fine. I also bring my baby everywhere with me and nurse wherever we are – grocery store, church, restaurant, park, airplane, bus, book store. I refuse to buy a “hooter hider” and figure that if anyone has a problem with it, it’s their problem, not mine. I wish more women were open about nursing in public, then maybe more women would be encouraged to nurse! ps, not everyone uses a lactation consultant, just those who need one — my “lactation consultant” was my mom who walked me through it for the first couple of weeks.

    • Spifman says:

      On a hike- great! But in the grocery store? in Church? My kids were both breastfed, and my wife didn’t have a problem with modesty, nor with stepping aside if need be. What is wrong with a “hooter hider”- some things, though perfectly natural, don’t need to be on public display. You obviously disagree, but why do you feel the need to place your need to feed with no modesty over a generally accepted level of decorum?

      • Stephanie says:

        Spifman, you are attacking for no reason at all. Please put the mouse down and step away from the computer.

      • Yup says:

        This may come as a shock, but like most humans, babies like to be comfortable when they eat. I have tried to cover my daughter’s face while nursing in public a thousand times, and she is uncomfortable. She rips the cover off, cries, screams, and won’t eat. Since my daughter’s comfort and health is much more important to me than the comfort of judgemental boobaphobes, I nurse with no cover.

      • cara says:

        Let me get this straight…this woman isn’t nursing modestly? You can’t see a thing yet you feel she should wear a nursing cover if she were in public? Good grief. Your wife must be nursing a newborn because once they’re 6, 7, 8 months yea right…good luck putting a cover on, its not gonna happen. I nurse “modestly” in public without covering up. What r women supposed to do who lice in hot climates? I’m not covering a babies head in 90 degree weather. And what is up with using words like modasty with breaatfeeding? There’s nothing modest or immodest about it. Its simply feeding a baby the way we were created to. No ones say hey you better bottle feed or formula feed your child modestly. Whatever. Get over it, seriously

      • Erin says:

        You know us moms, trying to be all ballsy and breastfeeding while grocery shopping. When did our husbands even allow us out of the house? And to go somewhere as fun as a store that sells food?! It’s just too much. We certainly don’t need to add to the excitement by nursing our crying baby. We should have stayed home and grown our food ourselves!
        Ps: you have no idea how modest she was even without a hooter hider, how dense are you? You’re replying to a picture of a woman NURSING WITHOUT A COVER yet you see not a spec of skin, then imply that any woman without a cover lacks decorum and modesty. Idiot.

  19. HarryManSteak says:

    after climbing to the top of mount everest with her baby, Sarah relaxes with a cold one.

  20. Brooke says:

    Awesome photo! I have a similar one of me and my son (at about 5 months), although sans beer. LOL Also glad to see so many wonderful supportive comments!

  21. Stevie B says:

    Anyone remember the 2-hole can, which was the predecessor to our modern day “pop top” cans? I do. I’m guessing 1977.

    • Teresa says:

      I do remember when they experimented with the little buttons that you had to push in on the top of the can, and then with your finger, push open the hole to drink from. Too hard.

      • don says:

        I remember well the “two hole” can. If you were to open the big hole first, very hard to do, then you could “shotgun” the beer opening the small hole at the right time.

  22. Holly H says:

    I love this picture…so 70’s.

  23. cathy says:

    I must say that the MOST awkward thing about this picture is that the poor woman was forced to drink Coors while freezing her top half off! It is a good strong Guiness every day you nurse helps with the let down and milk production πŸ™‚ not to mention makes the sleepless nights a bit more manageble! Gives new meaning to it being a bit nippy out!

  24. jjp says:

    get that lady a smoke!

  25. nos says:

    HAHHAHAHA this is nearly as priceless as the mom-baby-dogcreature-rifle in the bathtub picture. oh how great

  26. sunnybrook says:

    Awesome! Mom of the year!

  27. MS says:

    To me the most awkward thing about this pic is that she’s drinking beer in the snow! WAY TOO cold for that- how ’bout some warm spiced cider???

  28. Heather says:

    I love this picture! This mama looks so happy and I love that they are both stopping for a little break to enjoy refreshment on their hike. Thanks for making me smile!

  29. Heidi says:

    I see nothing awkward about this photo at all. I love it for all the right reasons.

  30. hflipper says:

    (glug, glug, glug) Ahhhhhh….

  31. Andy says:

    Seems no one has mentioned the tag about ‘Everybody needs a cold one every now and then.’ Made me laugh but I think its a reference to baby Allison getting a ‘cold one’ outdoors on a winter day.

  32. SeΓ±or_Citizen says:

    Oh look…
    My mother finally made it to
    I’m so proud.

  33. Charlene Day says:

    I LOVE THIS PHOTO! I too feed my babies wherever we were. Many a hike or movie outing.
    A little beer or wine is fine for momma. πŸ™‚ 2 thumbs up!

  34. Jamie says:

    I JUST LOVE THIS!!! Way to go Mom!!

  35. Miss M says:

    This is a great photo and not really awkward. Breastfeeding is awesome and if you are going to take your baby hiking it is the only way to go. Preparing a bottle on the trail is just crazy. I’ve got a similar photo of me breast feeding my 7 month old on a mountain trail, although I’m holding water and not beer. But I have been known to enjoy a glass of wine while breastfeeding.

    I’m also so glad to see so many supportive comments!

  36. KM says:

    Ha! I JUST nursed my 9 month old on a cold, bumpy, muddy hay ride this past weekend. No beer, but I can totally relate!

  37. Garet says:

    There is such a thing as a lactation consultant?

    • carly cupcake says:

      Most ppl think bfing is so ‘natural’ when in fact it can be quite difficult! I won’t go into details, but if I had not used a l.c. then my daughter never would have been bf! That, would have been a travesty as I think bfing is the best gift you can ever give your child…

    • Mandie P. says:

      Yep. There is such a thing and without lactation consultants, I never would have been able to breastfeed my little one due to her jaw abnormalities. (Which thankfully she has grown out of.)

    • Em says:

      Of course there are lactation consultants. They help new mothers with any breastfeeding issues they have. Mine was invaluable. πŸ™‚

      This picture rocks. Go breastfeeding mom!

    • Heather says:

      Yes there is. A lot of misinformation is out there on breastfeeding and it is my job to stay on top of the research and help moms and babies breastfeed.

      By the way, even though a beer is not harmful while breastfeeding, it is also not the best way to increase milk production. If you or a breastfeeding mom you know is having issues with milk production, please consult with a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

      • Liz says:

        When I had my babies back in the 70’s and early 80’s my lactation consultant was the nurse at the hospital. This was one of her many duties around the new moms, and yes she was an RN. My how things have changed. I have 3 big stron healthy kids, non the worse for wear for lack of a l.c.

  38. Kat says:

    Terrific picture! Thanks to all who took the time to post current information on breastfeeding and alcohol consumption. I never had problems with supply while my babies were breastfed, but it was nice to know if I did develop any, the remedies are tasty and enjoyable.

    Just a thought, but if the mom’s blood alcohol content is 0.05% alcohol, her milk would have less alcohol content than “non-alcoholic” beer which contains 0.5% alcohol, ten times as much.

    Three cheers to women like this mom, who did what they knew was best for their children even when the medical establishment was actively discouraging it out of ignorance. My mom was one of those going against the flow in those days, and I am SO glad she did!

  39. beatriz says:

    whoo HOO! breastfeeding is BEST feeding!!

  40. Heather says:

    As a lactation consultant, I love this picture. It’s fantastic on so many levels.

  41. rick says:

    Ahhhh Coors, an American tradition.

  42. Allison says:

    As the 3 month old baby in that photo, I can safely say I had a fantastic childhood and I love and cherish my parents. Yes this is 1977, and it was considered perfectly fine to drink beer while breastfeeding. Sounds like from some of the comments here that current research shows 1 beer a day can actually help with milk production. Also, see quote at end of message.

    My parents met in the Sierra Club Singles group in the 1970s. This was my first cross country skiing trip at 3 months. I went on my first backpacking trip (at 11,000 ft) at 2 years old, caught my first fish in a kayak at 3, and rafted my first major river at 12. I had a fantastic series of wilderness experiences as a child and my parents fostered a lifelong interest in the natural sciences. I’m currently completing a PhD in microbiology, so a little brewskie in the breastmilk can’t have done too much harm. πŸ™‚

    I love this photo, it brings back some great memories. My mom is so beautiful and outdoorsy. I will argue that it’s a bit awkward though, but only because of society’s current obsession with keeping children out of the real world. That and it’s not the kind of photo you see in most people’s baby albums. Not only is this one in the baby album, it’s on the wall at home! I love the caption the webmaster added :-), thanks! You can bet my kids will be playing in the dirt, and in the snow!

    From the book “Current Issues in Clinical Lactation” 2002 K. Auerbach ed.

    “Unlike [the alcohol exposure that can occur during pregnancy], women who drink occasionally during lactation can limit their infant’s exposure to alcohol by timing breastfeeds in relation to drinking. And, contrary to popular beliefs, alcohol is not stored in the breastmilk but parallels that found in maternal plasma, peaking approximately 30-60 minutes after drinking and decreasing thereafter.”

    • Ken says:

      Hi Allison, Congratulations on your successful life. I’m glad you weren’t “scarred” by beer as some of these prohibitionist in this comments section seem to think. And I have to say, I never thought that I would learn so much about breast feeding on a website about awkward family photos. It’s been very informative. Anyway, have a brewski on me.

      • What Ken Said says:

        Yeah, I’ve actually learned a ton of stuff about breastfeeding today while only intending on gawking at awkward people. Hats off to you, Allison, and may your mountains always be blue. On the coors can.

    • Cee says:

      I’m glad you posted this. I bet your mom would enjoy reading your comment. πŸ™‚

    • stephanie says:

      What an awesome story I am so happy to have the background I always wish I knew it on these pics. I can’t believe all the awesome outdoor experiences that you had that early. I think of all of the awesome things that my Mom did and what special memories I have because of them. I hope you are able to share the “dirt and snow” with your children! FYI the alcohol was not my interest, LOL it was the fact that I really can’t even being so healthy and strong to be out in the elements with your baby. Your parents didn’t let a baby change their passions they just involved you! HOW COOL! I wish I was as cool as your parents! I am sure my kids wish that too, LOL!

    • cranky says:

      You rock. My hat is tipped to you and your parents. Parents today shelter their kids way too much, and the American taboo against breastfeeding anywhere but in hiding is ridiculous. Good luck with your PhD–I’m working on mine too and often feel the need for a ‘cold one’ myself!!

    • Molly says:

      Alison, your mom is my hero. Rock on.

      • Michelle says:

        Other than my mom (which I had to look twice to make sure it wasn’t because I have an oddly similar pic in my baby book, but my mom only drinks coors light) I think that she is my hero too.

    • your mom is my hero too!

      from one breastfeeding mother of TWINS @ 15 months old! even with twins, we tried our best to get out & see the world around us. i have nursed many places, you name it, i’ve probably have nursed there around our city. (heck that’s all i’ve done the past 15 months with 2 babies!!!) so glad you added your comment. and listed the link to the study. the U.S. needs to get a new attitude or perhaps step back in time & realize that nursing/breastfeeding is a natural act. the best start to a new life. AND NOT TO SKIRT THE NURSING MOTHER IN A CORNER so she wont be seen. (oh, the thought of it…i am sure is just haunting some people πŸ™‚
      good luck on getting your PhD! i know with your great start in life that your parents gave you & those great brain cells you got from the breastfeeding ~ you’ll go far in life. πŸ™‚

      • Jess says:

        I have also nursed in all sorts of places! Reggae festival, art gallery, hoodoos in Drumheller…It’s awesome. This photo is just so fantastic on so many levels. It’s our new desktop wallpaper!!! Thank you for posting it.

        • Joey says:

          When I see a nursing mother in public, they usually get a big smile and a thumbs up from me. They need to also see that there are people who wholeheartedly support what they’re doing out there.
          There are more than prudes walking around πŸ˜‰

    • bruce says:

      pretty huge for a 3 month old. you sure about your age in this one?

      • Karin says:

        My son was about this big at 3 months. Possibly even bigger! Some babies are just built for adventure!
        I absolutely LOVE this photo. You are lucky to have such amazing parents and a mom who took that time to give you the best start in life. Kudos to her!

    • courtney says:

      lov this photo. As soon as i saw it I laughed. I have a picture of me nursing my baby and drinking a beer. ( i also have a picture of me nursing a baby on a mountain in snow, just not the two combined)

      • Soquel says:

        I remember shortly after my daughter was born I was nursing her at home and drinking a wine cooler..( after 9 months of no beer I decided to start off slow) and a male friend came over.. i wasn’t about to stop nursing so I asked him to hand me my wine cooler and the pills next to them.. which he picked up and read.. they were vocodin perscribed to me by my doctor due to my C-section.. he just looked at me like i was nuts!

    • Joey says:

      Awesome, Allison! You were one lucky baby/kid! Breastfeeding was on the decline around that time, so kudos to your mom for doing exactly what she should have been doing!

      I nursed my last and final child (out of four) for 20 months, and there were a few wine coolers here and there. No big deal at all!

      Good luck in your life and career, and thanks for sharing this pic with us!

    • Sarah says:

      I have heard 1/2 a beer or a small glass of wine can help you relax, which can in turn speed up the let-down reflex, and is not enough to be harmful to your baby. However, I can see how this looks strange in a picture:)

    • LoJo says:

      I love this pic! This is a mom with her priorities straight (I am being dead serious!) She is on a mountain, it is snowing, and she is in the middle of a tasty beverage, and when her little baby decides it is time to eat, what does she do?! She sits in the frigging snow, exposes herself to the freezing air, and she feeds her sweet baby. That’s a mom folks.

      I never had the opportunity to breastfeed somewhere so exotic, but if the staring guy at the coffee shop had his way, there would be a picture of it.


  43. mjn says:

    beer helps with milk when breastfeeding – just not sure about drinking exactly when you are breastfeeding – πŸ™‚

    • Actually some doctors have advised having a small amount of wine when breast feeding, as an aid in relaxation. I would imagine that beer is much the same. I cannot remember if I did either when I nursed my sons. I know one thing– I wish I were as hearty and outdoorsy as this mom when my sons were little!

    • Cee says:

      I had never heard that before! I had heard oatmeal and ice cream. So I combined the two while nursing. Imagine if I heard beer too? Beer poured over my oatmeal and ice cream. πŸ˜‰

    • Chely says:

      My doctor recommended “Near Beer” when I was breastfeeding, not actual beer. He said there is an ingredient in it that will help increase prolactin levels. The other claim is beer will help you relax and make is easier for the baby to nurse, I don’t know if that is true though.

      • Heidi says:

        My midwife, doctors, and lactation consultants for all 3 of my children encouraged drinking a beer on occasion while breastfeeding. It definitely helped!

      • Angela says:

        Brewer’s yeast is the ingriedient in beer that helps with milk production.

    • Emily says:

      Well, if you’re worried about the baby getting alcohol, the best time to drink *is* while breastfeeding. That way the alcohol doesn’t have time to get processed to the bloodstream/milk. Unless you have a really slow nurser, I guess. πŸ˜‰ It peaks in milk at the same time as blood, about 30 minutes to an hour (or longer for some) after drinking.

      • Melissa says:

        According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Breastfeeding mothers should avoid the use of alcoholic beverages, because alcohol is concentrated in breast milk and its use can inhibit milk production.” It transfers to the milk… guess what baby is really drinking?

  44. courtney says:

    Loves it!

  45. Franci1969 says:

    Mom’s doing a great job breasfeeding her baby, also she’s kind of athletic – trekking high out in that cold weather, and also, she helps Daddy by holding HIS can of beer.
    this is one healthy family, kudos to them.

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