When caffeine enters your bloodstream, a small amount can be passed along to your baby through breast milk. Most babies aren’t affected by this, but some sensitive little ones may be extra fussy or wakeful after drinking milk with trace amounts of caffeine.
How do I know if my breastfed baby is sensitive to caffeine?
So how do you tell if your baby is sensitive to caffeine? If you consume a significant amount of caffeine and your baby is fussy, wide-eyed and doesn’t sleep for long, you may have a baby that is sensitive to caffeine.
What does too much caffeine in breast milk do?
Summary Consuming up to 300 mg of caffeine per day while breastfeeding appears to be safe for mothers and infants. Excess intake may lead to infant sleeping issues and restlessness, anxiety, dizziness, and rapid heartbeat in moms.
How long does caffeine stay in your breast milk?
The half-life* of caffeine is about 97.5 hours in a newborn, 14 hours in a 3-5 month old baby and 2.6 hours in a baby older than 6 months. In comparison, the half-life of caffeine in an adult is 4.9 hours. (Hale 2008 pg. 139) Peak levels of caffeine in breastmilk are found 60 -120 minutes after intake.
Is caffeine keeping my baby awake?
Caffeine Might Keep Moms Awake, But Not Their Babies : Shots – Health News Coffee may help new moms stay awake, but it doesn’t seem to affect breast-fed babies, Brazilian researchers conclude. Babies don’t seem to metabolize caffeine the way older children and adults do.
Can caffeine affect breast milk supply?
Consuming Too Much Caffeine
Caffeinated soda, coffee, tea, and chocolate are OK in moderation. However, large amounts of caffeine can dehydrate your body and lower your production of breast milk. Too much caffeine also can affect your breastfeeding baby.
Does caffeine stay in pumped milk?
Caffeine and breast milk
Caffeine levels peak in breast milk around one to two hours after consumption before tapering off. And very little caffeine actually passes through breast milk when you drink coffee.
Is decaf coffee safe while breastfeeding?
It’s absolutely fine to drink decaf coffee whilst breastfeeding. In fact, there are even some health benefits to it. Just like regular coffee, decaffeinated coffee contains antioxidants, but about fifteen percent may be lost during the decaffeination process.
How much caffeine is too much?
Healthy adults shouldn’t consume more than 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per day. That’s equal to about four 8-ounce cups of brewed coffee or 10 cans of cola. Teens should limit their caffeine intake to less than 100 mg per day (one 8-ounce cup of coffee or about two cans of cola).
Do you have to pump and dump after drinking coffee?
No. As is the case with light to moderate alcohol consumption, you don’t have to “pump and dump” with caffeine, either.