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?
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.
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)
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.
I usually have two caffeinated pops a day, it doesn't seem to affect her, she's an awful sleeper no matter what
Katie - April 2010 . . . Drew - May 2007
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.
Go treat yourself Kayla! If nothing else for your sanity.
Aiden woke up every half hour two nights ago. It was loads of fun.