Caffeine and breastfeeding

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Kayla1981's picture
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Caffeine and breastfeeding

How much do you think caffeine affects your LO? I avoid caffeine most days. Well, besides my addiction to chocolate. But as far as coffee, tea, cokes, etc, I avoid all of those most of the time. Occasionally I will have a small amount of tea but I try to drink it in the afternoon after her nap and hours before the next time she will nurse, which is bedtime.

I might just be paranoid but it seems like the few occasions I have had a coke or tea then she doesn't sleep well. Of course we have had nights of her not sleeping well when I didn't have caffeine so I'm am probably just looking for an obvious reason.

So do you notice that your LO is affected by your caffeine intake?

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I try to drink caffeine earlier in the day, so it won't affect his sleep at night. Not that it makes a difference since no matter what he doesn't like sleeping at night these days. lol. I do notice when I drink coffee, it does affect him some but a half can of Dr. Pepper doesn't at all from what I can tell. I fix decaffeinated teas.
Even as a small baby, I didn't notice a whole lot. I noticed more issues when I ate jalapenos than consumed caffeine. lol.

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I'm one who loves my coffee. I'm nursing my third now, who is almost 14 months, and have never noticed any effect on the baby. I don't modify my diet while nursing (like, as far as spicy or caffeinated or exotic etc)

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I had given up caffeine during my pregnancy and went without for the first month or so after DD was born. I held off partly because I didn't feel I needed it and therefore didn't need to worry about her getting any and partly because I wanted to be able to take a midday nap with her. When I first started drinking coffee again, I swore I saw a mild difference in her sleeping. I slowly worked my way up to a full cup of coffee in the morning. I still only drink caffeine in the morning but that's more because I don't want it to affect how I sleep. Now even if I have two cups I don't see a difference in how she naps or sleeps at night. When she was less than 3 months old, I couldn't eat broccoli or beans. It would make her really fussy at night. She was a really easy NB and slept well EXCEPT for the nights I'd eaten beans or broccoli. It doesn't make a difference what I eat now.

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I drink diet coke with caffiene and I don't restrict how often or how late I drink it. I don't see much of a difference in DS's sleep, but I know mama needs the boost.

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I usually have two caffeinated pops a day, it doesn't seem to affect her, she's an awful sleeper no matter what SmileLol

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I generally have two coffees a day, and not past 11am. I don't notice a difference in sleep, but he has never slept well anyway.

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"mommycarrie" wrote:

I usually have two caffeinated pops a day, it doesn't seem to affect her, she's an awful sleeper no matter what SmileLol

I agree! Morgan is an awful sleeper caffeine or not! I actually tried cutting it out totally early on and it didn't seem to make a difference. I usually have one cup of coffee in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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Jordan is generally not a good sleeper either and I think that is why I am so (overly) careful. I reeeeaally want a vanilla coke from Sonic though. Haven't had one in months. Last night was a horrible night and I didn't have a sip of caffeine yesterday. Maybe I should just treat myself and hope for the best.

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Go treat yourself Kayla! If nothing else for your sanity.

Aiden woke up every half hour two nights ago. It was loads of fun. :rolleyes:

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I do not normally consume any caffeine, no coffee, cola drinks, tea, etc. But I have discovered how well they help my migraines and headaches. So I have a mountain dew (prefer the flavor over colas) maybe once a week or once every other week for the headaches, and have noticed no difference with my babies at all, and only started that in the last 6mo or so, I think. But I can have a Mountain Dew right before bed and it rarely keeps me up either. lol. Not to say that the babies sttn, because they sure don't often. lol

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I don't worry about it either. I didn't drink much caffeine while I was pregnant just because I had an aversion to coffee/tea. But once she was out, I drink coffee when I feel like it and mostly, it's all good.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'm one who loves my coffee. I'm nursing my third now, who is almost 14 months, and have never noticed any effect on the baby. I don't modify my diet while nursing (like, as far as spicy or caffeinated or exotic etc)

This exactly but i did have to cut stuff out when she was a newborn. Never coffee though. I drink a few cups a day and ice tea too. I dont drink soda at all.

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You should treat yourself Kayla. It doesnt matter because naya is a horrible sleeper too but its habit and has nothing to do with what i am drinking or eating.

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"mommycarrie" wrote:

I usually have two caffeinated pops a day, it doesn't seem to affect her, she's an awful sleeper no matter what SmileLol

This is us but with coffee instead of soda. I'm very aware of my caffiene intake, but Em doesn't sleep well anyway. My BFF's 13 month old sleeps 12 hours at night (might get up once) and takes at least 2 two hour naps a day. I would be beside myself if I had that much time to myself a day lol.

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