Is it safe to drink coffee when breastfeeding? Is it safe to consume any caffeine when breastfeeding?
Don’t worry, you can still drink your coffee! ;-)
Drinking any caffeinated beverages in moderation while breastfeeding, will not harm your baby. The thing to remember is, moderation is key.
If your baby is experiencing problems and they clear up after eliminating all forms of caffeine, then you have found the problem.
Remember that a premature baby has a higher chance of feeling the effects of caffeine during breastfeeding.
Most babies do not seem to be affected, but If you find that consuming caffeine upsets your baby, then always breastfeed your baby before you drink your morning cup of coffee, or breastfeed your baby at least an hour and a half after consuming the caffeine.
Drinking a few glasses of water after drinking coffee, will dilute the effect of the coffee.
Try decaffeinated alternatives, a coffee substitute might taste just as good; Nescafe decaffeinated or chicory “caffeine free coffee” such as Chicco, Inca, Pero and Roma are some good alternatives. Some caffeine free teas like decaffeinated green tea or Celestial Seasonings are also great choices.
No more than three to five cups of coffee per day (depending on how strong you make it) or its caffeine equivalent in other beverages (about 750mg). The best thing to do, is to have a cup or two a day and see if it changes your baby’s behavior at all.
Most babies that are a bit sensitive to caffeine, will outgrow the sensitivity over time. Drinking too much soda and breastfeeding or eating loads of chocolate and breastfeeding, is also not a good idea, especially if the product contains sugar, which might make your baby restless.
Caffeine’s effect on a baby
If a mother consumes too much caffeine, her baby will start to show the following signs:
A mother who breastfeeds, has a recommended caffeine intake of no more than 750mg per day.
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