Caffeine + Breastfeeding: Will You Have a Wired Baby?
You didn't miss the wine or sushi while you were pregnant -- it was coffee you craved. Now that your baby has arrived, can you indulge in a morning cup of joe? Check out my latest article over at Care.com that explores the ins and outs of consuming caffeine while breastfeeding.
You didn't miss the wine or sushi while you were pregnant -- it was coffee you craved. Now that your baby has arrived, can you indulge in a morning cup of joe?
You passed on your venti vanilla latte for nine long months, but now that your baby is here, can you indulge in your favorite afternoon pick-me-up? Here's a guide to consuming caffeine while breastfeeding.
Can You Drink Coffee While Breastfeeding? "Research that has looked at this question suggests that most babies will do fine if mom drinks a few cups of coffee per day," says Alice Callahan, a college instructor and the author of "The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year."
"We tell moms that if you want a cup of coffee, go ahead," says Colette M. Acker, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and founder of The Breastfeeding Resource Center. "A cup of coffee, but not a whole pot."
You shouldn't worry about hurting your baby by consuming caffeine while breastfeeding, as "it takes quite a bit of caffeine to affect a baby," says Acker. But you should always pay close attention to what you're eating and drinking, since it does pass to your baby through your breast milk.
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