Can I drink coffee when breastfeeding? If yes, when can I drink coffee when breastfeeding? If no, why can’t I drink coffee when breastfeeding?
How does coffee affect the baby when breastfeeding, can I drink it?
Coffee is a wonderful drink, increases physical and mental activity, helps to stay energized, to cope effectively with the tasks of the day. The main ingredient — caffeine — invigorates, increases the reaction rate and attention, the level of dopamine. Dopamine is produced in the brain and is responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness. Coffee beans contain amino acids, vitamins B3, A, D and E, calcium, potassium and magnesium.
For the first few months after the birth of the baby, a nursing mother will have to limit the consumption of her favorite beverage. This is due to the way coffee affects the baby during gvp. It is important to imagine how quickly caffeine enters the bloodstream and how long it stays there, moving from the blood plasma to the mammary gland for milk synthesis. The reason requiring a mother who loves both her baby and her favorite drink at the same time, is related to the ability of the mother and baby’s body to absorb coffee and excrete it from the body.
If the mother drank coffee during gvp, the maximum level of caffeine in the blood will be determined after about 45-60 minutes. And excreted from the body, that is no longer detected in the blood after about 7 hours. And while it will be in the blood, it will go from the blood plasma to the mammary gland and gradually into the milk, and with the milk to the baby.
There is a huge difference in the course of metabolism in adults and children, especially newborns and infants.
How is caffeine harmful to the baby during breastfeeding:
- From birth to 3 months, 65 to 104 hours (3 days). Incoming servings will accumulate or join the previous dose, increasing the amount, which can lead to agitation, and restlessness of the baby and his sleep. This explains why you can’t have coffee during gv, in the first months of a baby’s life.
- From 3 to 6 months — up to 14 hours. That is, if a portion enters the body at 7 am, by 8 pm there will be almost nothing left of it and there is hope that the baby will sleep peacefully.
- In children over six months of age, on average, caffeine circulates in the blood for 7 hours. Practically the same as in an adult. In this case, the harm to the infant is minimal.
How to drink coffee or tea while breastfeeding:
- Choose good varieties, and remember that Arabica coffee contains less caffeine than Robusta.
- Drink exclusively natural ground or Freshly ground coffee of proven coarse ground varieties. The stronger the roasted beans, the less caffeine in them, it is partially destroyed by high temperatures.
- Do not brew coffee «Turkish style» (using a very fine grind), but cook it in a drip coffee maker or coffee machine, or brew it in a cup or French press and reduce the brewing process to a minimum (filter the beverage more quickly, reducing the time of contact with grounds), then less caffeine goes into the beverage. The best option in this sense is a steamed ristretto
- Coffee with milk in gv is the preferred option. Add milk 1:1 or 1:2, the ideal option is a decaf latte in gnfs.
- Can I drink cappuccino in gv? Any coffee drink contains the same portion of espresso.
- When can I drink coffee in gv? After a feeding, which will reduce the concentration of caffeine in your milk for the next feeding.
- No caffeine in gv or replacing it with a barley beverage is the best option.
- Can I drink chicory with gv? You can drink chicory drink with gv, there are many benefits in it.
Instant coffee should be excluded from the diet, because usually for its production use the Robusta variety, and the caffeine content in it is much higher.
A cup (170ml) of Robusta espresso is usually around 200 mg. of caffeine, while Arabica coffee is around 110 mg. Instant coffee during pregnancy is contraindicated also because it has various additives dyes, and the quality leaves much to be desired.
Dear moms, whether you drink coffee during gnf is your decision. Knowing how this drink affects the baby when you are breastfeeding and how you can reduce the risks of negative effects will help you to make the right choice.
Caffeine is not only found in coffee.
Therefore, a breastfeeding mother should be aware that can increase the amount of caffeine in a breastfeeding baby up to 6 months, even if she drinks only one cup of coffee a day.
Limitations for breastfeeding moms:
- All types of cola — they contain 15 to 20 mg of caffeine per 100 grams.
- Energy drinks — a can of energy drink (230 g) usually contains 70 to 300 mg of caffeine. — The manufacturer usually indicates this.
- All kinds of chocolate, because its composition often causes allergies and is contraindicated for children under 3 years of age. The same applies to cocoa. Is it possible to drink cocoa when gvp — better not. A 200 g cup of cocoa contains about twenty mg of caffeine. Why can’t you drink cocoa in gv? Cocoa, like chocolate, can cause allergies, so it is better not to take risks, and do not use either cocoa powder in gv, or cocoa nesquik in gv. For the same reason, cocoa should not be added to baked goods in gv. A slice of dark chocolate weighs about 30 gm has 20 mg of caffeine. A slice of milk chocolate weighing about 20 g has 6 mg of caffeine.
- All types of tea: black, green, and white;
- Iced teas. Sweet bottled teas also contain caffeine (7-15mg per 100g). It is a result of brewing the tea, or it is added as an extra.
What does the caffeine content of tea in breastfeeding depend on?
While coffee can be caffeine-free, this cannot be done with tea. There is no such thing as caffeine-free tea, neither black, green nor white. Drinking black tea during pregnancy, for example, contains from 30 mg of caffeine per 100 grams of tea. So the choice of which tea to drink when breastfeeding is a matter of taste and understanding of how the tea affects you and your baby.
Can I drink bergamot tea while breastfeeding? Yes, as long as it is not too strong. Strong tea is not recommended when breastfeeding because we get about as much caffeine with one cup of tea as we do with a small cup of coffee.
There is more caffeine in cheap and fine grind tea, as well as expensive — from buds and small leaves — and less in coarse leaf tea, although twisted leaves release it more slowly. than regular leaves.
The way of brewing tea is very important: when brewing with water heated to 70-80 degrees (there are electric kettles that can bring water to a certain temperature), the amount of substances released in the hot water, including caffeine, is less than when brewing with steep boiling water.
Black tea with milk when breastfeeding is preferable, especially in the morning, it moderately stimulates lactation, and contains less caffeine. And it is better than tea with condensed milk in the gf
It is better to drink tea with sugar in the nfp than tea with honey in the nfp. Honey is more likely to cause an allergy in a baby than sugar.
What kind of tea you can drink when breastfeeding:
- tea with lemon;
- tea with raspberries;
- Tea with honey.
Herbal teas during gv are welcome. If you are not sure what herbs you can and can’t have, consult your doctor, your pediatrician.
It all depends on the task before you.
Tea for colds while breastfeeding:
- very good tea with rosehip;
- rosehip decoction;
- tea with cranberry;
- tea with lime;
- sea buckthorn tea;
- as well as tea with lemon when breastfeeding.
To improve lactation help:
- tea of dill seeds;
- Fennel tea when breastfeeding;
- and cumin tea;
- Nettle decoction.
Nettles in gnf works very well. Melissa will be useful for the same purpose in gnf, as well as tea from melissa and tea with melissa.
Herbs at the end of breastfeeding are different. During this period, you can afford delicious decoctions and drinks that help reduce lactation. These are peppermint and peppermint tea when gv.That is, peppermint tea is better to drink during the completion of lactation. For the same purpose, a decoction of sage in gv can be recommended. How to brew sage at the end of gv?
Sage should be infused: take a teaspoon of sage, pour a glass of boiling water (250 ml) and leave the drink for an hour to infuse, then, strain. Every day brew a fresh portion of sage and drink decoction of sage in gv before meals, it will help to reduce the level of prolactin, which stimulates lactation. In this way, with drinks you can maintain, if necessary increase, or decrease lactation.
Elena Demchenko graduated from Donetsk Medical Institute named after M. Gorky with a degree in pediatrics.
Work experience in medicine: district pediatrician, neonatologist of the department of nursing extremely premature babies, joint stay of mother and child, resuscitation and intensive care of newborns.