What’s the deal with caffeine and breastfeeding? I'm not much of a coffee drinker but I do enjoy some iced latte every now and again. Now, this could be coincidental but I would find my baby to be a little cranky when I do. I wasn't going to start experimenting but I have done a little reading. Here's what I found:
Though the caffeine that you drink does indeed end up in your breast milk, studies have suggested that the amount passed along to your baby is generally less than one per cent, too small to have any adverse effects. But that being said, some moms have mentioned that their babies could be more sensitive to caffeine than others so I suppose if your little one seems to be rather cranky, wide awake, or hyper when you've had a few cups of coffee or tea, you should probably consider cutting back a bit and see if there's a change in your baby's behaviour.
I had a chat with a friend about this and she told me that she has been consuming a whole lot of coffee to help her cope with her work, even throughout her pregnancy. She thinks that because of her consistent coffee intake, her baby is now 'immune' to the effects of caffeine making it OK for her to do so. She continued by saying that babies are just like adults, for ones who aren't used to drinking coffee, a little bit of coffee could keep them up all night! And I think this does make some sense.
You should follow your baby. If your baby isn't sleeping well or is being fussy, you should look into whether it's being caused by the caffeine. If you want to be on the safe side, you could time your coffee or tea consumption so that you're not drinking it just before you're about to breastfeed. Maybe that will give the caffeine some time to work its way out of your system by the time you'll need to breastfeed.
What are your thoughts?