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Coffee and Breastfeeding

Do you wonder whether it is okay for you to drink coffee while you are breastfeeding? The simple answer is yes, with moderation and a few things to keep in mind.

Too much caffeine may interrupt your sleep cycle and if you are trying to follow the old (and invaluable) adage “sleep when your baby sleeps”, then that precious mid-morning nap may evade you.

Be mindful that too much caffeine can increase feelings of anxiety, which may already be high with being a new mom and all there is to learn. Try a decaffeinated coffee, or a delicious latte with just one shot of espresso. You get a delicious treat without too much caffeine. Some moms enjoy a cup of tea, which again has even less caffeine.

If you decide to go ahead and have some coffee,  limit your intake to one mug. In addition, a good time to enjoy a cup of coffee would be after a nap,  or when you first wake in the morning, so that the effects of the caffeine will have waned by the time your next nap comes around. Here are some quick facts you may find useful:

– Aim not to exceed 300mg of caffeine per day

– Tall (12oz) cup of Starbucks brewed coffee = 260mg caffeine

– Medium coffee at Tim Hortons = 100mg caffeine

– Tall (12oz) latte at Starbucks = 175mg caffeine

– Tall (12oz) chai tea latte at Starbucks = 70mg caffeine

Join a friend at the coffee shop with babies in tow, and savour the taste and the company!

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