Can I consume caffeine while breastfeeding? – bamboobies

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  • Can I consume caffeine while breastfeeding?

Can I consume caffeine while breastfeeding?

Whether or not a woman can consume caffeine while breastfeeding has been debated for quite some time now. Fortunately, it has been simplified and comes down to one basic detail-watch your baby for cues and adjust from there.

What are the ‘cues’ to be looking for?

  • Is your baby restless and/or not sleeping as well?
  • Does your baby experience any tummy issues?
  • Is your baby unusually fussy for some other reason than those listed above?

Some things to keep in mind when ingesting caffeine while breastfeeding:

  • Naturally, the age of your baby can play a role in the side effects
    • Younger infants may show greater sensitivity than a toddler
  • Caffeine will peak 1-2 hours after ingestion
    • If you are concerned about any side effects, time your intake accordingly
  • Remember, caffeine is not only found in your morning coffee!
    • Caffeine is found in coffee, teas, sodas, energy drinks, and some foods.



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    Kerry Gilmartin

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