Caffeine and Breastfeeding

Caffeine and Breastfeeding 

Coffee and Breastfeeding?

Is it safe drinking coffee when breastfeeding? Is it safe to consume 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 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.

Caffeine and Breastfeeding

~ Important fact ~

Do not smoke and drink coffee at once, smoking on its own can increase fussiness and disturb sleep; combining the two, will make things worse. 

Most babies do not seem to be affected, but If you find that having 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.

How much Caffeine is Safe?

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 soda and breastfeeding or eating chocolate and breastfeeding is also not a good idea, if the product contains sugar, which might make your baby restless.

Caffeine and Breastfeeding

Interesting fact ~

Can caffeine affect your milk supply? While breast feeding caffeine intake will not lower your milk supply, it has been found to sometimes temporarily increase breast milk production. 

Caffeine side-effects

Caffeine’s effect a baby

If a mother overdoes her breastfeeding caffeine intake, her baby will start to show the following signs:

- Being overactive.

- Problems sleeping.

- Fussiness and crying. Colic symptoms.

- Being wide-eyed.

- Acid reflux.

Read more about acid reflux and breastfeeding)

Things that Contain Caffeine to Watch out for

- Coffee & Tea.

 Read more about 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 or yerba mate.

Caffeine content

(Breastfeeding moms recommended caffeine intake is 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.

- Breastfeeding a baby with food sensitivities.

- smoking and breastfeeding.

- Alcohol and breastfeeding.

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