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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!

Better than Baby Formula

Better than Baby Formula

Ok…let’s be honest. The absolute best thing to feed your baby is breastmilk. Period. End of Story. But, there has been, for whatever reasons, people who may not be able to breastfeed and want an alternative. The next best thing would be to find a breastmilk bank of some type or to plead from friends who nurse to share if possible. I myself have shared my own expressed milk with two friends in need who could not nurse their babies at the time.

But sometimes that is not an option either and people move on to baby formula. Might I submit to you what I believe to be the better option and the next best thing besides breastmilk? Goat milk. I am completely serious. It can be found in a can near the condensed milk, in the fridge next to the soy milk or in powdered form.  I used to only be able to find it at Whole Foods and then Publix.  It is now even at Super Walmart (at least our local store in Bradenton on Cortez)  in all three forms.

It is amazingly the next best thing for several reasons but mainly, it’s the closest milk to resemble a human’s. The poopie of the baby looks the same as that of a breastfed baby: yellow or mustard colored with some seedy looking things that are actually curds of milk…just what breastfed poop looks like 🙂

So, look into it if the need arises. When my supply is down, that is where I turn in a pinch.  It is also for when we don’t have enough expressed, usually when the kids stay with the grandparents during our outings and trips.  It is also a great thing when trying to give baby a bottle during a long car trip.

Wonderful and weird, isn’t it?

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.