If you follow me on social media you know I LOVE COFFEE! Seriously, I need it! Funny story I hated coffee with every inch of my being until I was pregnant with Adella. I craved coffee so much I would wake up Luke at midnight to make me some coffee!
I needed creamer and sugar (I’m now down to just creamer) but I would drink it all day long. But I was concerned about breastfeeding and still enjoying my new found best friend, coffee.
Can you have Caffeine While Breastfeeding?
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When Adella was born I really needed my coffee, because the girl didn’t sleep! I was up all night and couldn’t function with out my morning cup of Joe! I was breastfeeding and was of course told all to often that I couldn’t have caffeine or broccoli and whatever other weird food people said I shouldn’t eat.
The things I heard I shouldn’t eat were just weird, but it was old wives tales or just uneducated people needing to share their thought on everything! So I did what I love to do, research.
Research, research, research
So I did my own research because that is my job as the parent and guess what you CAN have caffeine! I even donated breast milk to a milk bank who used my milk for those sweet little preemie babies and low and behold they allowed 4 caffeinated drinks in a 24 hour period!!!
Now some babies are super sensitive to caffeine so pay attention to how your baby behaves after you drink coffee, tea, or soda whatever your drink of choice is!! Baby gets a small percentage of the caffeine you consume so don’t over stress it. If baby is cranky and tired but you can’t get baby to sleep you may want to try decreasing the amount of caffeine you consume and see if that helps or your baby may be dealing some gas and colic.
Another hot topic I think is ever changing is whether coffee is good for you or not. I think thought on this changes just about every year. You can find out more about the health benefits of coffee to help you make your decision.
How much coffee?
I will say as a mom of 2 under 2 I drank like a pot a day for the first 3 months! No issues with my girls and now almost a year later I still drink about 4 cups a day. Shoot sometimes I make a cup of coffee at 6pm to go with my supper.
I’m old school and use a 12 cup drip coffee pot and make 4 to 6 cups in the morning because I like my coffee fresh. We don’t have a microwave so I use a travel mug that keeps my coffee nice and hot for 3 plus hours. Yeah, my coffee usually last that long between “mommy I gotta pee” and diaper changes, breakfast, and trying to clean something.
How to know your baby is sensitive to caffeine.
Unfortunately some babies are hyper sensitive to your caffeine intake. I’m not going to lie if my baby was I would probably cry but there are ways to bust your energy and wake you up with out caffeine!
If you consume caffeine and within the next few hours your baby is fussy, unable to be calmed, or fall asleep it is possible that baby is sensitive. Of course this is tough because babies go through fussy periods, may be gassy, or over stimulated.
Figuring out if coffee is to blame
In order to determine if your baby is sensitive to caffeine you may need to keep a little journal of when you have caffeine and when baby is fussy. If you notice a correlation between the two, try a few days caffeine free and track fussy periods.
Now if baby tends to be fussy the next few days at the same time it could just mean baby needs to go to sleep sooner or is overstimulated and not that caffeine is the issue.
If you still don’t feel comfortable introducing caffeine back into your diet than don’t that is of course up to you!
Caffeine while pregnant and breastfeeding
I am currently nursing while pregnant with number 3. I’m actually still tandem nursing but my oldest doesn’t nurse but maybe 5 minutes a week. So do I still enjoy my coffee?
Oh heavens yes. You can have some caffeine and with the threat of gestational diabetes again I stick to coffee over soda. I do occasionally enjoy a cup of tea at night to if it has been a really rough day to help me relax.
Again this all boils down to research and what you feel comfortable with. I don’t think I could make it through my days with two toddlers with out a little pick me up.
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My coffee drinking tips
Use a travel mug! I started to use one because we ditched the microwave and I can not stand cold coffee! By using a travel mug my coffee is good and hot for hours and I get enough time to enjoy it even with chasing two toddlers.
I have more travel coffee cups than I do regular coffee cups in my cupboard and I just keep collecting more! I really want to get a personalized one but for now I am happy with what I have.
So what travel mug do I suggest? As a family on a single income going out and getting a Yeti is not on my list of “fit this in the budget” and I actually love my $4 travel mug I got at Aldi on clearance!
Caffeine is okay to have while you are breastfeeding and for most does not cause any issues for baby. If caffeine makes you a happier person than enjoy that cup of coffee or tea!
Do be aware if issues arise and keep track of your babies fussy times and see if it correlates to your caffeine intake. By simply keeping track of when you have caffeine and when baby is ultra fussy.
Nurse on mamas!
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