Moms often have questions about caffeine and breastfeeding. Is drinking caffeine a no no? Can you drink caffeine while breastfeeding? If so, how much?
But before they reach for that energy drink or Mountain Dew, many moms are worried that they will suddenly have a overly stimulated baby who is wired from all the caffeine even more than mom is! No worn-out new mommy wants that!
The truth is that less than 1% of the caffeine a mom consumes actually gets into breast milk. Doctors state that moms who consume less than 300 mg of caffeine per day while breastfeeding will not see side effects in their nursing child.
How Much is 300 mg of Caffeine Consumption while Breastfeeding?
• 2-3 cups of coffee
• over 8 cups of Coke
• over 3 cups of Red Bull Energy drink
A Natural Alternative of Ice Cold Water and a B12
Before you just reach for that Rock star energy drink, you may want to be a mommy rockstar with something more natural. Did you know that drinking ice cold water first thing in the morning can kick up your metabolism AND give you some much-needed energy? If you combine that with a quality B Complex vitamin (make sure it has vitamin B12!) – it will give you an amazing jump start for the day. B12 helps mental clarity and has energy -enhancing properties. (Take a look at that energy drink…B12 is in there too!)
You just might not need the caffeine after all…but if you do, don’t feel too guilty about it.
A Word of Caution about Caffeine and Breastfeeding
Be careful, however, different babies react to different foods and drinks. Some babies do not seem to be affected by caffeine at all while others have a very marked reaction. Pay special attention to your child’s reactions if you try it to see if it is something that you would be better to avoid.
Drinking or eating things with caffeine can affect some baby’s sleep and make him cranky just like some spicy foods. Since this is the last thing that a sleep-deprived mom needs…introduce caffeine into your diet slowly to gauge your baby’s reaction.
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