LSW/Senior Coordinator, Columbia University
Thoughts on having caffeine while breastfeeding / pumping? Will this keep my baby awake?
5 months ago
Hey Deanna! Such a great question! Caffeine consumption is a really hot topic and the notion that a mama cannot consume caffeine while BFing is a myth!! Typically, depending on your individual health provider's approach, it is said that pregnant and breastfeeding people can have up to 200mg of caffeine per day which pretty much equals one cup of coffee. Our comeback for that is: Are we talking your grocery store bought Folgers in my coffee maker cup of coffee? Or are we talking a grande flat white with an add shot cup of coffee? Do energy drinks count? What about a 5 hour energy shot? ...basically, no two caffeines are created equal and if you had been consuming caffeine before you got pregnant and now you have a little sleep ninja taking away your precious moments of rest, most likely you NEED CAFFEINE! We have a Moment coming up about this very subject but to round it out let's just say that the most important thing when you decide to consume ANYthing while breastfeeding, including caffeine, are adverse effects in your baby. If there is some extra fussiness or crankiness that day and you had an extra cup, maybe cut back tomorrow. It's most important not to restrict yourself of anything that brings you joy or helps you maintain a balanced mental an emotional state, but to pay more attention to your baby's behavior and then make educated guesses about what needs to used in more moderation. Hope this helps! Love, Candice Nicole
5 months ago