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.
Can you have Caffeine While Breastfeeding?
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.
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.
I have tagged some great reading resources if you want more information on breastfeeding and caffeine intake!