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    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
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mommycarrie View Post
    I usually have two caffeinated pops a day, it doesn't seem to affect her, she's an awful sleeper no matter what
    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.

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