pop while breastfeeding

Melissa - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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how much pop a day is okay while u breast feed? I was told I was fine while I am pregnant because if I stop I will have bad headaches but what bout while I breastfeed? what will the side effects be for the baby? what can happen if I choose to still drink pop while I breastfeed?

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Dawn - posted on 01/16/2010

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If you drink soda/pop that contains caffeine your baby will take it in and it inhibits your babies uptake of iron. High sugar drinks can also decrease the amount of water your body absorbs so make sure you drink plenty of water.

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i heard that because baby's organs are still immature they can't get the caffeine out of there system nearly as fast as we can so it accumulates. that can be dangerous and put a strain on their system. So i would limit it or drink caffeine free soda. check out this link it has some good info about how much caffeine a day is safe and how much is in different drinks

http://www.babycenter.com/0_caffeine-and...

Katelyn - posted on 01/15/2010

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I was told you should still be drinking 8-10 8oz glasses of water a day and an extra glass for every glass of soda. Soda actually dehydrates you so I would say you should probably keep it to a minimum.

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Melissa - posted on 01/17/2010

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thank you for all of the help I know I should not but I am a big pop drinker and was told from my dr that I should not stop drinking it completely because I will get really bad headaches. I was unsure about breastfeeding because of this. if anyone else has any other things to share with me about this I will be greatful.

Vanessa - posted on 01/16/2010

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As everyone else is saying - soda pop is fine except you need to be aware of the caffinated kinds. Colas, Mountain Dew, some Root Beers and a few others contain caffeine. MAke sure you read the labels. You can have SOME caffeine but too much, like everyone else is saying, can wreak havoc with your baby's sleep, just like anyone it is a drug that is a stimulant. I have pop, especially over Christmas time but I do try to limit it. I'm not really sure about the effect of sugar on dehydration but I do know that caffeine is a diuretic, which means it also dehydrates you and the carbonation in soda is bad for your bones, sucking the calcium out of you.

Laura - posted on 01/16/2010

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When I have too much caffeine, it messes up my baby's sleep schedule. The closer to baby's bedtime I have it, the worse it is.

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2010

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sometimes the caffine will keep baby awake but it can make your milk dry up if u drink too much try switching to decafinated drinks if you have to have it. a couple of them are fine but make sure that you drink plenty of water too

Amanda - posted on 01/15/2010

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I asked my mil about that since she has to know a lot about all of this in her job. She told me the only reason why we aren't supposed to have caffeine while prego and nursing is because the caffeine will speed up their heart rate.

Jamie - posted on 01/15/2010

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I'm a very big pop drinker. I drink it quite frequently during the day a lot more than I should and I have never had it effect either of my children when they were breastfed. They say you should limit yourself to 1-2 cups of coffee a day because of caffeine and I'm sure each baby is effected differently. I also try to drink plenty of water and juice but for some reason when I drink water my mouth gets dry, I know a few other people like me in that aspect.

Emma - posted on 01/15/2010

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If you are worried, gradually work your way down to 1 glass of soda. I drink pop, not the diet and we've been fine. I do drink water as well, and I increase my water consumption when I get my period as well.

Nicole - posted on 01/15/2010

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soda is generally fine- just don't let it get in the way of water consumption. hydration is very important in helping keep a good milk supply and soda just can't give the hydration water does. A good rule of thumb for water is drink a bit each time you nurse. Perhaps you can gradually increase the amount of water you drink now so once baby comes you'll already be in the habit, plus it helps with the giant feet/ankle swelling late in pregnancy.

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