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Caffeine in Breast Milk
Hey sleepy mama, we know that parenting a little one can require an extra boost, especially around daylight savings time. If you’re wondering if it’s safe to drink that cup of coffee that’s calling out to you, the answer is YES!
According to KellyMom, most breastfeeding mothers can drink caffeine in moderation. However, some babies, particularly those under 6 months, may be more sensitive to caffeine in your diet. If you continuously avoided caffeine during your pregnancy, you may find that your baby is more sensitive to the caffeine in your diet. If your baby does react to caffeine, it may be comforting to know that babies can outgrow this sensitivity. We get it, coffee is life! If you have to stop your caffeine intake now, you can try again in a few months. Monitor your baby for a few hours after your drink caffeine and determine if he or she seems to be more hyperactive.
For a quick reference on how much and how quickly caffeine enters your breastmilk, see the points below:
Caffeine appears within 15 minutes in breastmilk
Caffeine reaches maximum concentration in breastmilk within 1 hour
Only about 1.5% - 3.2% of caffeine reaches breastmilk *source AAP
So if you’re needing a little extra boost today, drink up mama!
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