5 Things I Learned About Caffeine & Babies

5 Things I Learned About Caffeine & Babies



Happy National Coffee Day!!!

Every year on September 29th we celebrate the delicious beverage called coffee. In honor of this day some favorite chains (and probably some small time shops and bakeries, too) are offering free coffee and discounts. Here’s a couple sites to find out where!



Also I thought I would share with you some things I found out about coffee (specifically caffeine) and breastfeeding.


So you finally get the baby to sleep and quietly sneak out of the room. You grab your most cherished mug and indulge in your favorite creamer. You sigh as you watch the delicious dark liquid pour in. You savor and relax and enjoy. And then, in about four to six hours, you have a baby that is feisty and then tired but staying up all night long. What happened? Caffeine happened.

Caffeine and babies. Not the best combination. It is no fun having to deal with a newborn or infant that has had “caffeinated milk”. Usually their little bodies have a more intense reaction which usually means that they stay awake for way longer than they want to be–and they tell you so! Here are a few things I learned about caffeine during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

1.Your baby has everything you have. This is true when pregnant and when breastfeeding. You had a power-food packed salad of spinach, grilled chicken and oil and vinegar dressing, so did your baby. Fast-food cheeseburger and fries, so did baby. Ginger tea for your sniffly nose, so did baby. So…caffeinated coffee? That’s right, so did baby.

2.Not all babies react the same to caffeine or the amounts consumed by breastmilk. My third baby has been taking in caffeine through breastfeeding by about the time she takes her nap almost every day for roughly a year now and she is almost 2. She hasn’t really had any problems. Her older brother on the other hand was very sensitive and I had to drink my coffee very early in the morning many hours before nursing him for his nap or he was not able to sleep.

3.The general principle for breastfeeding younger babies is to have caffeine right when breastfeeding. The idea is that the caffeine will be out of your system before the next breastfeeding session. This generally seems to work if you are breastfeeding a newborn (0-6 months old) about every 4 hours. I heard this advice at a Le Leche League meeting.

4.Caffeine is found in many places. I learned that chocolate, green tea (as well as some other teas) and even decaffeinated coffee all have caffeine in them. Be aware to check and find out if you are unsure about certain food or beverages before consuming them. Even Extra Strength Excedrin, Midol and No-Doz have caffeine!

5.Different foods and beverages have different amounts of caffeine. For instance white tea has more than green tea. It takes about 2 shots of espresso ( 2oz.s) or 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips to equal the amount of caffeine in an 8 oz. cup of regular coffee.  (found this info at http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372)

So I hope this has been helpful! Don’t forget to check out my post Pumpkin Spice Latte…psych! for a delicious alternative to Starbucks. Do you have any tips about caffeine and babies? Leave them below! I would love to hear from you!

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