Caffeine And Breastfeeding
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
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.
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
- 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
Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with caffeine and breast feeding “breastfeeding and coffee drinking”
- Breastfeeding what not to eat
– Diet guidelines
- Breastfeeding a baby with food sensitivities
- Breastfeeding and colic
- smoking and breastfeeding
- Alcohol and breastfeeding
- Herbs and breastfeeding
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