Can we drink coffee while breastfeeding?

For many people drinking coffee is necessary. In fact, it’s the first thing they drink in the morning to wake up. However, we must take into account how coffee consumption affects breastfeeding and what we can do to prevent our baby from being harmed.

Effects of coffee

He coffee is a stimulating drink, and its main component, caffeine, is found naturally in coffee beans, but it is also found in cocoa, tea leaves, and certain processed products, such as energy drinks and sodas .

Coffee puts the nervous system on momentary alert, contributes to reducing drowsiness, improving alertness. Being a stimulating drink, it can have certain effects that could harm the baby.

The average recommended consumption is 400 milligrams of coffee per day. However, if you are breastfeeding you should reduce the amount of coffee you drink. It is true that in many cases, due to the stress generated by fulfilling all duties, coffee is usually a drink that helps to have extra energy.

How it affects the baby

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According to what is published by the portal Web consultations, and following what a well-known pediatrician named Carlos González says, caffeine reaches breast milk, but in small amounts.

This indicates that infants, in lactation, consume coffee through breast milk. The effects on them will depend on the amount of coffee you drink per day. According to the same author, a study carried out in 1985 showed that the consumption of 100 milligrams of coffee a day did not harm the well-being of children.

In fact, the European Food Safety Agency recommends consuming less than 200 milligrams of coffee a day, to avoid complications and health problems in children. However, if your baby is fussy, has trouble sleeping, or is very nervous, it is probably due to your coffee consumption.

In these cases, you will have to reduce the dose you take. It should be noted that all cases are different. That is why you should consult with your doctor or your pediatrician about your coffee consumption.

If you are a lover of this drink, there are alternatives, such as decaffeinated coffee. If you make the effort, your baby’s health will be strengthened and you will avoid spending nights of sleepless nights and uncontrollable crying.


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