Coffee and Breastfeeding

Congratulations...you had your beautiful baby!  And now bring on the sushi, hot tubs and COFFEE!

Oh wait...some of you are breastfeeding.  Can nursing mom's drink coffee?

As always, the Golden Rule is to listen to your body, your baby, and your health care provider.

An average adult, after drinking coffee, will have the caffeine levels peak in her body one hour after consumption and remain circulating in her body for four to six hours.  A small amount of caffeine from coffee does go into the breast milk. A baby's body, until the age of three months, takes a much longer time to process and expel the caffeine than the body of an adult. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that it is safe for breastfeeding moms to consume caffeine. However, they note that drinking more than 2 or 3 cups of fully caffeinated coffee a day may result in a more irritable baby who has trouble sleeping.  

And remember that caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it makes you urinate more and, thus, more dehydrated. Breastfeeding is also dehydrating. So make sure to drink lots of water while breastfeeding, especially if you are also drinking coffee.

Being a new mom is all about striking the right balance.  Let Mommee Coffee help!