You probably kept your caffeine intake to the minimum while you were still pregnant. Now that you have delivered your baby and having to wake up frequent times through the night and obviously having less sleep than usual, you may be wondering if you should continue with this habit of limiting your caffeine intake while nursing your baby.
While you won’t have to keep your caffeine intake highly restricted like when you were pregnant, you must be watching out how much caffeine and at what times you are consuming.
Caffeine can go through your breast milk to your little one and negatively affect your little one, know in what ways caffeine can harm your baby will help you to accept the idea of limiting your caffeine consumption while breastfeeding.
Your Breastfeeding Diet.
When you are breastfeeding, your baby gets all the vitamins, minerals and important nutrients she needs to grow from your breast milk. If you eat a various diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and dairy products, you provide your baby with exactly all the nutrients she needs and you also promote a healthy sustained supply of milk that fills up your baby in each feed.
The beverages you drink should be nutritious as well, you should be drinking fresh juices, milk and plenty of water to ensure adequate supply of milk that is sufficient for your baby.
Coffee and other caffeinated beverages can take a small place in your diet as long as your baby is not showing to be sensitive to caffeine.
Effects Of Caffeine.
Drinking large amounts of coffee can yes help you to cope with the little sleep you are getting, yet it will negatively affect your healthy by causing jittery nerves, insomnia and anxiety. These effects can also impact your nursing baby. However studies show that taking moderate doses of caffeine equivalent to what found in three cups of classic coffee or less per day can have minimal or no negative effect on your nursing baby over the age of three weeks old.
This is true for infants that are full-term. Preterm infants may show sensitivity to smaller doses of caffeine and could experience sleeping difficulties, difficulties to sooth, irritability and suppressed appetite.
Sources and Dosages of Caffeine.
Regular home-brewed black coffee contains about 95 to 200 mg of caffeine, restaurant mixed coffees contain 50 to 200 mg of caffeine per cup. Brewed black tea contain from 40 to 120 mg of caffeine per cup. Iced tea would contain less caffeine than what’s found in n brewed tea.
Regular soda beverages can contain about 50 mg of caffeine while energy drinks can have even up to 500 mg of caffeine per drink.
Some types of chocolates, candies or gums can also contain small amounts of caffeine.
Breastfeeding moms should keep their caffeine intake 300 mg or less and at times that the baby is not expected to feed soon.