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coffee while breastfeeding

okay now i was told that i could not drink coffee while breastfeeding, which i havnt but i was sondering why. is it that the caffine will go straight to the milk and to the baby? sorry if my speling is off. i mean they throw all these friggin' pills at me to take for pain but i cant drink coffee. i didnt take the pills. i was worried that it could effect the baby.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:22 PM on Feb. 6, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • as far as i know ONE cup of coffee a day doesnt hurt the baby. but you should keep yourself aware that the cafffiene can come out in your milk

    Answer by sati769leigh at 2:25 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

  • I drank coffee, not every day though when i breastfed. My kids were okay. I think they were like 2 months old though. Every baby is different so it may or may not affect your little one.

    Answer by CinderAmethyst at 2:28 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

  • You can drink coffee in moderation (1-2 cups per day) as long as your baby tollerates it. Most babies do fine, a small percentage are bothered by it. Lots of great info at Breastfeeding and Caffeine

    There is no evidence that caffeine decreases milk supply.

    Caffeine is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use in breastfeeding mothers. Per Medications and Mother's Milk (Hale 2002, p. 100-102) caffeine is in Lactation Risk Category L2 (safer); milk levels are quite low (0.06-1.5% of maternal dose) and usually peak 1 hour after ingestion.


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 3:01 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

  • I am pretty sure 1 or 2 cups of coffee are pretty safe. Just remember though that what you ingest will get to the baby through your breast milk.

    Answer by sonnalynn at 3:08 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

  • Coffee in moderation. Discontinue coffee, cola, caffeine products if you notice an adverse effect in baby after you consume these things.


    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:44 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

  • You can take pain meds and drink coffee. There is no set limit. Most of the rules people think there are about breastfeeding are false.

    The milk glands are modified sweat glands and the breastmilk is produced in the milk glands. Things you eat are digested and and processed before they get to the blood stream and they may or may not even make it into the milk at all. There are only a few things that are contraindicated for breastfeeding moms.

    Answer by Gailll at 6:27 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

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