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Module 2: Effects of Alcohol on the Fetus
Transmission of Alcohol to the Fetus
Alcohol reaches the embryo and fetus
by passing through the mother’s blood. Alcohol crosses the placenta
and enters the fetal bloodstream. It can then pass into all developing tissues.
Alcohol may also be transmitted to a baby during breastfeeding.2
This can cause CNS and brain damage, because the brain continues to develop after birth. Some women used to be
told to drink beer to help the flow of breast milk, which is a myth. Any alcohol consumption can harm the baby.
Video: Describes how alcohol is transmitted from the mother to the fetus.
Video: Additional information that describes the transmission of alcohol from the mother to the fetus.