Caffeine in breast milk?

Eunice - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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If I drink a lot of beverages with caffeine, will baby also get caffeine through my breast milk? Or should I pump and dump?



Thanks in advance.

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Kyla - posted on 05/30/2009

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I couldn't have ANY caffeine, no tea, coffee(don't drink coffee anyways), pop, chocolate... etc. We realized in the first few weeks that it hurt his stomach so I stopped all together. As soon as I stopped all caffeine his tummy troubles seemed to pass. However I also had to be very careful to avoid anything with aspertame in it. This also did not go well with him.

Jayda - posted on 05/30/2009

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Well, a breastfeeding mom should limit caffine to 1 to 2 cups a day. But if you must have more pumping and dumping won't do the trick. Just like alcohol it's all about osmosis when you sober up your milk will too.

Shannon - posted on 05/31/2009

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I have found that it's difficult to live without a coke or the occasional cup of coffee, so I drink caffiene free and decaf coffee.

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Michele - posted on 04/16/2012

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Yes they most certaintly will and they also get the effects from things that may give you gas or heartburn~

Kathryn - posted on 05/30/2009

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maybe you should try and limit your amount of Caffeine if you can.. I know too much even isn't good for your body. I have to limit my self because my doc thinks i have PVC (Premature Ventricular Contraction) and the caff. made it worse. Its hard but after awhile you get used to it.. I try and only drink water. try lol

Nicole - posted on 05/30/2009

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one cup of coffee or one can of soda is fine. I don't even do this regularly-my baby bounces off the walls with that. I'm with the other folks, don't dump your milk, it would be a sad waste.

Sara - posted on 05/30/2009

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Oh, I just tried to post and it's not showing - if this repeats, I appologize!



For my daughter, she didn't seem to react if I had one (sometimes two) caffinated drinks. But my son wouldn't sleep well if I had ANY caffine. I discovered this at about 6 months. He had a couple rough nights due to teething, and I figured he was old enough that I could have a cup of coffee to help me get thru the day after those tough nights. Well, then he couldn't sleep well (even naps). It became a bad cycle for a few days until I thought I'd better try without caffine. He slept "like a baby" the next night and I went caffine free for the rest of the year. He just recently weened so I get to enjoy real coffee again! Yay!



I wanted to mention that caffine can affect your sleep for up to 12 hours after you drink it. So especially if you don't have it very often, make sure you leave enough time before bed so you will be able to sleep well, or you'll create your own bad cycle.



Best choice is to avoid it if possible, especially if it affects your little one. And if you do have a LOT of caffinated beverages, you may find you need to pump and dump - better than the alternative of a crabby baby who can't sleep.

Melanie - posted on 05/30/2009

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I find more then one coffee gives me a jittery little bubba so I try to limit myself to one cup a day (preferably a nice one from the shop down the road!)

Bridget - posted on 05/30/2009

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Don't pump and dump, breastmilk is gold! I can happily have my morning coffee, and after going 9 months caffiene free having just 1 is bliss!

Anastasia - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yeah. I reckon caffeine gets through breast milk coz i love my Coca-Cola and i can't drink it anymore (while i'm breastfeeding) coz it makes my baby boy wired. I can have 1 and a half cans and that doesn't effect him horrifically but anything over that causes us havoc. So i think instead of pumping and dumping you should just try to avoid it...if you can.

Guggie - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yes caffeine does end up in your breast milk, although the amount and time is disputed. I think you could try a little bit of "waiting and seeing." I have had the occasional drink w/o any noticeable affect on my baby. But I know some moms who can take one sip of a soda and their babies will be jittery.

Vicki - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yes, the caffeine will go through the breastmilk, so you should limit your intake or caffeine while breastfeeding. I'm guilty of having a coffee or two most days. I heard from the local dietician and baby group coordinator that caffeine can also remove calcium from your body; another reason to limit what you consume!

Anastasia - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yeah. I reckon caffeine gets through breast milk coz i love my Coca-Cola and i can't drink it anymore (while i'm breastfeeding) coz it makes my baby boy wired. I can have 1 and a half cans and that doesn't effect him horrifically but anything over that causes us havoc. So i think instead of pumping and dumping you should just try to avoid it...if you can.

Guggie - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yes caffeine does end up in your breast milk, although the amount and time is disputed. I think you could try a little bit of "waiting and seeing." I have had the occasional drink w/o any noticeable affect on my baby. But I know some moms who can take one sip of a soda and their babies will be jittery.

Vicki - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yes, the caffeine will go through the breastmilk, so you should limit your intake or caffeine while breastfeeding. I'm guilty of having a coffee or two most days. I heard from the local dietician and baby group coordinator that caffeine can also remove calcium from your body; another reason to limit what you consume!

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