After your beautiful baby made his way into this world, certain lifestyle changes are inevitable for new parents. Along with trying to be patient for the umpteenth number of times for your babies cries, there are inescapable responsibilities bound with it. And the sleepless nights are as common as sunshine and dew.
One of the best saviours while dealing with all those responsibilities and lifestyle changes is coffee. But do you know it is best to avoid coffee during breastfeeding? Why caffeine while nursing could be harmful for your baby? How caffeine affects your baby? We have compiled the necessary information in this article.
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Caffeine in Coffee
Coffee is popular among new mothers due to its ability to give much needed “boost” in the morning and also its capability to aid you cope up with the sleepless nights. But is it good enough to be included in the diet of lactating mother? How much caffeine does each cup of coffee contains? And how much caffeine is safe during breastfeeding?
The amount of caffeine in each cup of coffee varies based on different factors: Type of beans, How beans were roasted, Type of coffee and serving size.
Generally, light roasts contains heavy caffeine compare to darker roasts. Here is the list of the amount of caffeine in each type of coffee:
Brewed coffee: 95 mg of caffeine per serving (on an average)
Single espresso: 63 mg of caffeine
Espresso based drinks: It is prepared by mixing espresso shots along with milk. So, the caffeine amount varies.
Instant coffee: 30 mg to 90 mg
How much caffeine is safe during breastfeeding? The answer is approximately 4 cups i.e. upto 400 mg.
Is It Safe To Have Coffee During Breastfeeding?
As mentioned before, drinking coffee during breastfeeding is perfectly safe provided you exercise some precautions. And for sure, Moderation is the rule you need to follow. Anything beyond the daily permitted limit (400 mg of caffeine) could be harmful for your baby.
Drinking coffee while breastfeeding could let the caffeine content enter your bloodstream and pass it onto the breast milk (usually less than 1%). This caffeine in breast milk could result in behavioural changes in your baby. Usually, the amount of caffeine in breast milk peaks for a couple of hours after you consume it.
You newborn’s digestive and gastrointestinal system are not yet fully developed. And as a result, they can’t breakdown the caffeine content effectively. This results in its accumulation in your little one’s body and pose some unwanted symptoms.
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How Sensitive The Baby Is For Caffeine While Nursing?
Generally, a moderate amount of coffee while breastfeeding should cause no changes in any of your baby’s behaviour. But anything beyond the moderate limit, could make your baby fussy, irritable, jittery, agitated and could also result in sleeping problems.
If your baby is particularly wakeful and cranky and there is a significant amount of caffeine in your lactation foods, consume caffeine within permitted limit for a while and observe if that is a culprit for the issues. Don’t stop coffee abruptly. This could cause headaches and other symptoms and could make things worse for you.
If you are unsure about the reasons why your baby is struggling to sleep for long hours or why he is being very fussy, do a bit of a research about the foods to avoid when breastfeeding. And promptly avoid those for a week or two to observe its effects on baby.
Does Caffeine Reduce Milk?
Can caffeine affect breast milk production? Although caffeine effects on baby are various if consumed beyond the allowed limit, the myth that caffeine can affect breast milk production is nowhere supported with evidence. But in certain scientific studies, it has been quoted that caffeine can stimulate milk production. But if the baby is fussy, he might deny to nurse well. And such kind of decreased nursing could result in reduction of breast milk. This proves that caffeine is certainly one of the foods to avoid when breastfeeding.
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Food And Beverages That Contain Caffeine
The most obvious caffeine source is coffee. But there are other foods and beverages too that contain caffeine. Here is the list:
1. Caffeine in Coffee:
2. Caffeine in Tea:
3. Caffeine in Soft Drinks:
How Much Caffeine Is Too Much Caffeine?
The question - “Can breastfeeding moms drink coffee?” is answered. But how much coffee while breastfeeding is too much? Here is the answer.
Each baby is unique and so are the caffeine effects on the baby. Some babies might not show any behavioural changes. Some might display a huge difference in their behaviour. But usually, the upper limit of caffeine in the diet for lactating mother is 5-oz cups of coffee 500 mg. Some other sources also provide different ranges from 300 to 750 mg/day.
How To Make A Cup Of Coffee More Effective?
Moderate amount of caffeine while nursing is good. But if you feel, 3-4 cups of coffee a day is doing no good for you, why don’t you think of the ways to make that cup of coffee work harder for you?
Take a half tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee and blend with your daily dose of coffee in an immersion blender. This tastes like a delicious Starbucks coffee drink and a perfect coffee while breastfeeding. This blended coffee aids in improving the fatty acid profile in your breast milk.
It is said caffeine while nursing is best if avoided. But what if it is packed with nutrients? Add 2 tablespoons of milk or cream to your coffee and make it taste better, along with the boost in your health.
Are you wondering about what to eat when breastfeeding but reluctant to let-go caffeine dose? Coffee + High-protein breakfast = A perfect combination. These support optimal absorption of the nutrients and helps to boost your energy and keeping you healthy.
Coffee is good to keep up your energy if you are consuming in a moderate amount. Anything beyond that could affect your baby’s sleep pattern and cause a change in your baby’s behaviour. If you are in doubt about diet for lactating mother or including caffeine sources in lactation foods, do not hesitate to consult your doctor and get it clarified.