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Pumping milk

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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I really want to drink some Starbucks coffee but I don't want to make my baby hyper or irritated when I nurse him.
After I drink it can I just pump & dump my milk or will that not work?
I hear ppl pump & dump when they drink so.. Will it work for caffeine??
Thanks :)
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by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I don't know. I wouldn't pump and dump. What a waste. I would just drink the coffee and nurse. I have before with my son and he was not hyper or irritated at all.

by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM
You can have caffeine. The dr said if you notice your baby being fussier than usual you will not want to drink soda or coffee. I usually get a starbucks drink every other day and my baby is doing fine. I exclusively pump for her.
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by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM
He will be fine...if you eat chocolate then you have already given him caffeine :-) also if you are really concerned then pump right before you drink so it will be out of your system by the time you pump next
by Gina on Feb. 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Have your coffee. Most likely it will be no issue at all.

SOME babies react to what mom eats. Many do NOT. The only way to know is to see what happens.

Pump and dump is basically useless. Don't bother.

by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM
You'll be fine, but also, you can make every drink at starbucks decaf except for chai tea.
by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Pumping and dumping does not work to remove alcohol or anything else. When the alcohol, caffeine, or whtever is metabolized out of your blood it leaves your milk. Most babies do fine with mom having some coffee.

Will drinking coffee when you’re breastfeeding keep your baby awake?

coffee in disposable cupIf you ingest caffeine when you’re breastfeeding it can pass into your milk, and may therefore be consumed by your baby1. From a health perspective, this is not a cause for great concern. Low doses of caffeine are not regarded as harmful, and indeed caffeine is sometimes administered to preterm babies to help reduce apnea (pauses in breathing of more than 20 seconds)2. The stimulant properties of caffeine that make it suitable for therapeutic use, however, could potentially affect babies in a less desirable way — in particular, by making them wakeful and irritable.

So, how likely is it that drinking too much coffee will cause your baby to lose sleep? Research investigating this issue shows that moderate levels of consumption aren’t likely to cause any problems. A study examining the levels of caffeine over a 12 hour period in the milk of women drinking their usual caffeinated beverages found that consumption of less than 100mg (roughly the amount in a single espresso) did not pass into milk at a detectable level3. It also found (as did an earlier study1) that the amount of caffeine that makes it into milk is greatly reduced — between 0.06% and 1.5% of the maternal dose — and that the level peaks an hour after consumption, and then declines, disappearing completely after 12 hours.

Could this small amount of caffeine cause sleeplessness? The available evidence indicates this is unlikely. In a study examining this issue, 11 breastfeeding mothers drank 5 cups of decaffeinated coffee a day over a 5 day period, and 5 cups a day of decaffeinated coffee with 100mg caffeine added over another 5 days4. The results showed that the babies’ average heart rates and the amount of sleep they got over a 24 hour period remained the same, regardless of whether their mothers had consumed caffeine.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ‘moderate consumption of tea, coffee and caffeinated sodas is fine when you’re breastfeeding’. Although babies can ingest caffeine through breast milk, if their mothers are drinking around 5 cups of coffee a day it is unlikely to impact on sleep levels. People metabolize caffeine at different rates, of course, and young babies do it much more slowly than adults5, so it’s not impossible that drinking coffee will affect your baby, particularly if you consume it in large amounts. At low levels of consumption the chances of this being a problem are small, however, so most breastfeeding mothers can enjoy a coffee, tea or cola safe in the knowledge that is keeping them, but not their baby, awake.

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  3. Pediatrics. 1984 Jan;73(1):59-63.
  4. Dev Pharmacol Ther. 1985;8(6):355-63.
  5. Arch Dis Child. 1979 December; 54(12): 946–949.
by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I drink Starbucks once everyday sometime i brew coffe at home drink 2 cups a day and bf my dd and she never show any hyper or fussy. She's very happy girl.
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