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5 Things I Learned About Caffeine & Babies

5 Things I Learned About Caffeine & Babies

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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!

http://www.delish.com/food-news/a43963/national-coffee-day-2015/

http://blog.timesunion.com/savings/national-coffee-day-2015-deals-dunkin-donuts-stewarts-whole-foods-mcdonalds-and-more/15682/

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!

The Best Baby Food Ever!

The Best Baby Food Ever!

So, Kaelan now has four teeth!  Two front on top and bottom.  He hasn’t nipped me quite so much as Miranda did when her teeth came in.  But it has heralded the beginning of baby food.  But not the yucky-in-the-jar-been-on-the-shelf-for-who-knows-how-long stuff.  No; we did not subject Miranda to that either.

We make all  our own baby food by steaming or baking the fruits or vegetables when needed and then running them through the large food processor we have.  More recently we received a Baby Bullet!  It is a combo between a food processor and a blender with the addition of a special blade for milling fresh brown rice and oatmeal flour.  In a word–awesome!  Also efficient, handy or useful.  I would say all describe the Baby Bullet Food System.  If you make batch of baby food every other day for a week, you easily have about month’s worth of baby food ready in the freezer (for beginning to eat).

I am not saying it’s neccessary to have one, just convenient and progressive to a degree.

Also another note I would include is that one should always abide by the four day rule when introducing baby to new foods.  Only give the baby a new food for four consecutive days while observing whether there’s an allergic reaction.  It could mean the difference between a pesky diaper rash (or worse) or the absence of one.

Getting in the Greens

Getting in the Greens

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Vegetables.  Man is it hard for me and the fam to get them into us.  In my own life I know it seems to be going so quick  every day that we eat only fast or quick snacks and meals.  We get into these ruts every few months or so and have to kick our butts out of it!

So I obtained a soup recipe.  A green soup.  A detox soup.  With lots and lots of vegetables.  Makes sense since I found it on the site of a gluten free vegetarian.  It took me longer to make it than I anticipated, but it usually does with new recipes.  But it is very tasty and very full of veggies!  So here’s the link:

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2011/01/detox-green-soup-recipe-with-broccoli.html

Now, more about this fabulous site…I also have good friends, with and without children, that are allergic to gluten and so on.  I have looked for recipes that allow us to host dinners and coffee dates with these restrictions and have come across an endearing and rather remarkable blog.   The long and short of it is that this lovely lady was an awesome baker and cook and wrote the cookbooks to prove it!  However she got sick with celiac disease and had to give up gluten and more.  But no worries, she couldn’t stop  baking and cooking just because of silly gluten having to be left out.  I have found delightful recipes on her site from gluten free pumpkin pies to buckwheat chocolate chip cookies to gluten free brownies and on and on and on.

Some people are required to cook and bake this way.  Some choose to do so to have a healthier and more natural lifestyle.  I choose to use her recipes to treat my friends who need to be gluten free so they can have decadent and truly delicious edibles.  And I eat them because they taste extremely awesome!!!

So.  Here’s to this remarkable lady and her remarkable blog!