Caffeine and Breastfeeding

Caffeine and breastfeeding is a much debated topic among medical professionals and mothers alike.  I recommend limiting caffeine intake to less than 500 mg per day in the early weeks and months of breastfeeding.  That’s about one large cup of brewed coffee from a coffee shop.

Loving Moment between Mom & BabyBalancing your caffeine consumption and breastfeeding is a most important to consider at the newborn stage.  Newborns are more sensitive to caffeine than older infants and toddlers, so restricting caffeine a bit at the beginning is wise.  If you find your infant to be fussy and can’t get to sleep, consider reducing your caffeine intake for a few days to see if it makes a difference in your baby’s sleep patterns and overall behavior.  If that is helpful, consider cutting out caffeine for awhile until your baby is less sensitive to its effects.  When you reintroduce it, do it slowly so as not to jolt your baby’s system.

Everyone reacts differently to caffeine so consult your physician to get a recommendation that is best for you and your baby.  Keep in mind that there will always be conflicting information and opinions about what pregnant and breastfeeding women should put in their bodies.  Ultimately, it should be a personal choice.  Like most choices, being informed and striking a balance are key to making the best decisions for ourselves.

Amy Berry
Amy is a lactation consultant and proud momma of 7 (yep seven!) wonderful children all breastfed and a Loving Moments fan!