Can I Drink Coffee While Breastfeeding?
Being a mom is such a wonderful thing. You are finally able to bring a new source of joy at home. As a mother, you also can't deny how amazing it is to be able to breastfeed. Being able to breastfeed your baby is one of the magical gifts of motherhood. At the same time, we understand that you love coffee so much but would also want the best for your baby. So now the question is:
Yes, you can certainly drink coffee even if you're an actively nursing mom! According to the Australian Breastfeeding Association, breastfeeding mothers can consume moderate amounts of caffeine without affecting the breastmilk they produce for their babies. That means it's perfectly safe for you to enjoy your coffee without having to worry about it affecting your child.
What happens when you drink coffee is that about 1% of it gets into the mother's breastmilk. It takes about 60 minutes after you have consumed the caffeine. Depending on your body's system processes, the small percent of caffeine that should go to the mammary glands for the production of milk may not even be able to reach its destination because it gets diluted along the way.
However, the number of coffee breastfeeding mothers should take up when they have a newborn should be lessened than the recommended 'moderate' amount. Newborns are more sensitive to caffeine than in infants or toddlers. It's because newborns take more time to process anything they have ingested. It will take about 80 hours for their systems to get used to the caffeine; therefore, increasing the risk of unwanted reactions from them. By six months, the infant's body shall be more adaptable, and it can process caffeine in its body in about 2 to 3 hours.
Research suggests that when a breastfeeding mother takes up too much caffeine on her system, her baby can respond differently. Such changes noticed are being fussy and jittery. If it's your first time drinking coffee while lactating, make sure to see how your baby will react to the caffeine. Observation is always the key when it comes to your baby.
But if you're the type of mom who takes up small amounts of caffeine to boost your energy level, then it's very much safe to do so! We know how hard it is to quantify how “moderate” is when it comes to drinking coffee.
This is why we made our Lactation Latte decaf! We'd like you to feel secure that you're drinking just the right amount of caffeine safe for you and your baby.
Each serving has less than <4mg - within the required standards of decaf coffee (97%) and this amount would never create that uncalled for energy spike.