Caffeine and Breastfeeding “coffee and breastfeeding”
Is it safe drinking coffee when breastfeeding? Is it safe drinking any caffeine when breastfeeding?
No, don’t worry, you can still drink your coffee! ;-)
Drinking any caffeinated beverages in moderation while breastfeeding will not harm baby. Moms that are tired out from looking after a newborn might want to drink more coffee for energy, the thing to remember is moderation is key.
If 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 larger chance of feeling the effects of caffeine breastfeeding.
Caffeine and Breastfeeding ~ Important fact ~ Do not smoke and drink coffee at once, smoking on its own can make baby fussy and disturb sleep, combining the two will make things worse.
Most babies don’t seem to be affected, but If you find that having caffeine upsets baby, then always breastfeed baby before you drink your morning cup of coffee, or breastfeed baby at least an hour and a half after consuming the caffeine. Also, drinking a few glasses of water after drinking coffee will dilute the effect of the coffee.
You can also try decaffeinated alternatives, a nice coffee substitute that still tastes just as good is Nescafe decaffeinated or chicory “caffeine free coffee” such as Chicco, Inca, Pero and Roma. Some caffeine free tea like decaffeinated green tea or Celestial Seasonings are also great alternatives.
How much caffeine is safe?
No more than three cups of coffee per day 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 baby’s behavior at all.
Most babies that are a bit sensitive to caffeine will outgrow the sensitivity over time. Drinking soda and breastfeeding or eating chocolate and breastfeeding is also not a good idea if the product contains sugar which will make baby even more hyperactive.
Caffeine and Breastfeeding ~ Interesting fact ~ Can caffeine affect your milk supply? While breast feeding caffeine should not lower your milk supply, but has been found to sometimes temporarily increase breast milk production
“coffee breastfeeding” Caffeine’s affect on a baby…
If moms overdo the breastfeeding caffeine intake, their babies will start to show the following signs
- Being overactive
- Problems sleeping
- Fussiness and crying "colic"
- Being wide-eyed
- Acid reflux (read more on acid reflux and breastfeeding)
Things that contain caffeine to watch out for
- Coffee & Tea Read more on safe tea while breastfeeding
- Sodas and energy drinks
- Some painkillers, allergy pills and even some herbal medicines containing guarana/paullinea cupana, kola nut/cola nitida, yerba mate.
(breastfeeding moms recommended caffeine 750mg per day)
Brewed coffee – 102-200mg per 8oz
Cappuccino – 90mg per 1oz
Decaf coffee – 5mg per 5oz
Tea – 40-120 per 9oz
Cocoa – 3-13mg per 8oz
Fizzy drinks – 56mg per can
Energy drinks – 50-300mg per drink
Chocolate – 10mg per 2oz
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