Drinking lots of tea and breastfeeding? If you are drinking tea while breastfeeding, you need to remember that most teas contain caffeine.
Caffeine is not recommended in large quantities and breastfeeding mothers are advised to stick to no more than two or three cups per day.
Also, when drinking caffeinated tea, it's best to drink a cup after breastfeeding, instead of before, to ensure that the caffeine does not enter your breast milk.
Excess caffeine can cause your baby to become fussy and may cause sleep problems. The mother can start consuming more tea, once her baby is about 6 months of age.
Most herbal teas are caffeine free (always read the label ). So, why not substitute your regular tea for some herbal decaffeinated tea?
Herbal teas are actually quite strong and can sometimes be used as
medicine. This is why it is very important to first contact your doctor before drinking any herbal tea, if you are breastfeeding.
Bladderwrack, Buckthorn, Chaparral, Coltsfoot (Farfarae folium), Dong Quai (Angelica Root), Elecampane, Ephedra / Ephedra sinica / Ma Huang, Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Evodia, Black Cohosh, Valerian, Indian Snakeroot, Kava-kava (piper methysticum), Petasites root, Phen-fen, Rhubarb root, Star anise, Tiratricol (TRIAC), Uva Ursi, Wormwood, Sophora root, Ginkgo, Coptis, Aloe, Senna, Borrage, Licorice, Basil and Rue.
Ginger tea, Linden flower tea, Orange peel & Citrus peel teas, Rose hip tea (contains extra vitamin C), Orange cinnamon tea, Lemon tea and Raspberry teas.
Make sure it’s decaffeinated. If it's not decaffeinated, you may drink three cups per day, depending on whether you are consuming other caffeine products like chocolate, coffee etc.
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