Is it safe to drink coffee if I am breastfeeding?

Is it safe to drink coffee if I am breastfeeding?

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Yes, it is perfectly safe to have caffeine when you're breastfeeding.

Though the caffeine you eat and drink does end up in your breast milk, most research suggests that amount is less than one percent of what you ingest. How many cups of coffee are okay? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than three cups daily; La Leche League says that five cups a day is safe.

Most experts agree that you should limit your caffeine intake to 300 milligrams daily. Find out how much caffeine is in specific beverages.

If you do have more than one cup a day, minimize the amount in your breast milk at any one time by spreading your coffee intake over the course of the day or opting for espresso drinks such as lattes that have less caffeine than regular brewed coffee.

It's very unlikely that your baby will show any effects from the caffeine you drink. But if you feel strongly that your baby is excessively cranky after you drink coffee, you can try an (admittedly challenging) experiment. Take caffeine out of your diet for a week and see if there is a change in your baby's behavior. Then put caffeine back into your diet and see if she reverts back to the irritability. If she does, you have your answer.

But the bottom line is that your baby is likely unaffected by your daily pick-me-up. So you can enjoy your cup of coffee without worrying about it.

Watch the video: Childbirth Educator Answering Your Questions Ep. 2. Safe Sleeping, Caffeine + Breastmilk Storage (October 2022).

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