If I drink coffee will it affect my breastfed baby?

Maria - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Will the caffeine go through my breast milk and affect my baby?

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Harriet - posted on 09/15/2009

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WHAT WHATEVER YOU EAT OR DRINK DOES CROSS OVER INTO YOUR BREAT MILK. BUT NOT AT A HIGH VOLUME LIKE THE BABY DRINKING IT DIRECTELY. JUST DON'T GO OVERBOARD WITH IT.

Kimberly - posted on 09/09/2009

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yes, it will. everything you take into your body will be passed to your baby through breast milk. i had a c-cection with my second child, and three days into breast feeding i noticed he was very lathargic, then i realized it was because i was on pain killers. i immediately stopped taking them and just delt with the pain. caffeine can make children jittery and it will make it harder to get them into a sleeping/eating routine. if i were you, i'd go decaf with a sugar substitute!

Rachel - posted on 11/12/2011

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it will. A valuable alternative is green tea. It has the caffiene equivalent of Hot Chocolate, and the grade of caffiene is different. Its called L-theanine, and while technically its a stimulant, a better name would be "focus-ant". It allows your brain to follow your commands better. "wake up" "calm down" "get moving" "stop dwelling" etc. When I'm obsessing about something, it can even help me fall asleep. Because the quantities of caffiene are so much less, occasional use is not habit forming.

Sylvia - posted on 09/17/2009

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Well if the doctor says No caffeine while your pregnant then you shouldn't have it if your breastfeeding either. If coffee keeps you up, then your baby will be up too. Another tip, don't eat any italian dressing on your salads either, it spoils the milk.....good luck!!

D.Denise - posted on 09/09/2009

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Yes it will. Depends also if you drank coffee while pregnant. The baby may be "used" to a little bit of caffeine if you drank it while pregnant. However, I have found that if I drank caffeine before nursing, my sons became jittery and irritated. Best to cut back on coffee or go to de-caf.

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Nadine - posted on 09/18/2009

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While in hospital after having my baby the hospital gave me a cup of coffee with my breakfast and a cup of tea with my lunch. My doc said it's ok to have a cup a day. I've been breastfeeding my baby now for over six months and she's been fine with it. Like most things ask your doc and moderation is key.

Cheralee - posted on 09/16/2009

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If it is decaf it is fine in small doses. But if you drink caffine you my have a "wired" child.

Alisha - posted on 09/14/2009

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yes i agree with the rest of the ladies, everything you put into your body goes into your breat milk, i am a breatfeeding mother aswell, and ive noticed if I have caffine my little one is a little cranky afterwards! But it cant hurt every once and awhile!

Kelly - posted on 09/08/2009

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Hi Maria,
I drink decaf coffee once every few days, and I've never noticed any impact on my son (who is now 6 mo.). Sometimes I forget to order decaf, and I still haven't noticed any impact on him! : ) I haven't avoided nursing him, we just go with the flow. Now, I'm not drinking heavy espresso, but ya know....

Johanne - posted on 09/08/2009

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just look at it this way, your body is the source and manufacturing vessel of its own milk, what you put in your body is what it can secrete out. this is why mothers are advised not to breastfeed when taking potentially harmful medication. same goes for the food and drinks you take in. here's my rule of thumb, if its something i won't be feeding my child directly in the future (caffeine, food coloring, chemicals), i'm not putting it in her breast milk.



but my kind of philosophy is something others find extreme! :-D but here's some info that might help you out:



Most breastfeeding mothers can drink caffeine in moderation. Some babies, particularly those under 6 months, may be more sensitive to mom's caffeine intake. Babies whose mothers avoided caffeine completely during pregnancy seem to react more to caffeine in mom's diet. Even if baby is sensitive to the caffeine now, he may not be when he's a little older -- so if you do have to stop or limit your caffeine intake, you can try again when baby is older.



Caffeine is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use in breastfeeding mothers. Per Medications and Mother's Milk (Hale 2002, p. 100-102) caffeine is in Lactation Risk Category L2 (safer); milk levels are quite low (0.06-1.5% of maternal dose) and usually peak 1 hour after ingestion. One study has indicated that chronic coffee drinking might decrease iron content of breastmilk (Nehlig & Debry, 1994).



check out the whole article here: http://kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/caf...

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Yeah it does unfortunatly, the caffine goes straight into your milk and can keep you little one up for as much as an hour or two. Best wishes! :)

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