Can Mother Drink Caffeine While Breastfeeding?

Caffeine while breastfeeding?

This is a really good question for those moms who are breastfeeding and love to drink caffeine especially if it is a morning habit. According to expert, breastfeeding moms can drink caffeine but don’t overdo it. The advisable caffeine of the breastfeeding mothers is only no more than 300 milligrams per day, or the amount in about 16 ounces of brewed coffee because with this amount of caffeine while breastfeeding could not affect in most babies’ behavior.

Caffeine can reach your baby through your breast milk and may keep them awake.

  • One mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • One mug of instant coffee: 100mg
  • One mug of tea: 75mg
  • One can of energy drink: up to 80mg
  • One 50g plain chocolate bar: up to 50mg
  • One cola drink (354mls): 40mg

Try decaffeinated tea and coffee, herbal teas, 100% fruit juice (but no more than one 150ml glass per day) or mineral water. Avoid energy drinks, which can be very high in caffeine.

There are some side effects of the coffee to your baby and you must know it to avoid over drinking caffeine while breastfeeding.

  • Being overactive
  • Sleeping problems
  • Fussiness and crying
  • Being wide-eyed
  • Acid reflux

And avoid these drinks who has caffeine

  • Coffee and Tea
  • Sodas and energy drinks
  • Some painkillers, allergy pills and even some herbal medicines

So yes mother who are breastfeeding can still drink coffee but remember don’t overdo and always read some lactation information so that the infant will be safe and we can play them all the time.



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  1. Shib says:

    Nice job, is really informative

  2. Constance says:

    Great post, my sister had to stop breast feeding her child as he simply does not want it

  3. Carla says:

    I learned a lot from this. Thanks for posting!

  4. sarganser says:

    Well written, informative and things well explained, although I do not drink coffee, will share this with a friend.Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Rawlings says:

    Educative and enlightening

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