We can’t forget that everything is individualized.
Many families at the hospital ask questions regarding what the recommendations are for caffeine consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Everything is always individualized but I hope the information below can shed some light on items that contain caffeine and questions regarding tolerable limits.
All About Caffeine!
Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, some energy drinks, medicines and herbal products. We don’t know a lot about the effects of caffeine on you and your baby during pregnancy. So it’s best to limit the amount you get each day. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest limiting caffeine intake to 200 milligrams per day. Due to inconsistent studies, 200 milligrams of caffeine per day is not recommended per say but more along the lines of a tolerable limit. Since caffeine comes in many forms this can be tricky when trying to limit caffeine intake; the March of Dimes graph below will help give you a starting point.
Medicines and herbs can contain caffeine too.
When it comes to medicines and herbal products that contain caffeine, talk to your health care provider before you take these products. Some medicines with caffeine properties are used for pain relief, migraine headaches and for the everyday cold. A note on herbal products, the FDA does not require herbal supplements to have a label stating how much caffeine they contain. Some herbal products to be aware of that contain caffeine are guarana, green tea extract, yerba mate and kola nut.
You might be wondering if caffeine is safe during breastfeeding.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s safe for breastfeeding moms to have caffeine. Caffeine does get into breastmilk, so it’s best to limit your caffeine intake if you’re breastfeeding. A trick I have seen though is for moms who love their morning tea to drink their caffeine at the start of a feed. This way the mom can enjoy her tea while she’s breastfeeding. The caffeine doesn’t go directly into the breast and then it has time to metabolize out of the mom’s system before the next feed.
Always look at your baby’s behavior and adjust as needed.
If you notice your baby is fussy and not sleeping this could be directly related to the caffeine, so try and decrease caffeine intake and see if this helps. Always look at your baby and adjust as needed. It’s good to be aware that caffeine can be dehydrating and we don’t want this to affect your milk supply. So, make sure you stay hydrated and increase your fluid intake. For the coconut cure and other hydration tips, read this!
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