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Breast feeding and Caffiene... Your experiences?

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Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Dec-14 16:22:43

I've continued to strictly avoid caffiene while breast feeding but now I'm wondering if I really need to. We're getting a coffee machine for Christmas and I'd rather like to indulge!!

Bellyrub1980 Fri 19-Dec-14 16:25:48

Sorry didn't finish my post!! (Wriggly baby on me)

Have you noticed your baby reacts to caffiene?

MildDrPepperAddiction Fri 19-Dec-14 16:28:42

I have a cup in the morning if I want one. After that it's green tea or chamomile. I haven't noticed any il effects.

SweetPeaPods Fri 19-Dec-14 16:29:21

Ds1 and ds2 absolutely fine on caffeine. I don't go mad but no effect as far as I'm aware. Maybe just introduce it gradually though?

wildstrawberryplace Fri 19-Dec-14 16:29:25

I have a double or triple espresso with milk every morning and haven't noticed any effects on the baby who has been BF for 9 months now.

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Fri 19-Dec-14 16:39:21

Three kids. Coffee addict. No noticeable effects shown in first five years of life.grin

fionnthedog Fri 19-Dec-14 17:10:30

Initially I avoided caffeine but now at 8 months I have gradually introduced 2-3 cups of coffee a day with no obvious ill effects.

Tzibeleh Fri 19-Dec-14 17:15:49

With one of my three I had to avoid all caffeine for the first 6m, because even just one cup of tea or bar of chocolate upset him badly. But after 6m he was fine, and unaffected by my intake. (Still didn't sleep, though confused)

weebairn Fri 19-Dec-14 19:40:20

Caffeine has had absolutely no effect on either baby. I don't drink a huge amount of coffee, but I mainline tea.

PotteringAlong Fri 19-Dec-14 19:42:01

No impact here either.

poppetina Fri 19-Dec-14 19:47:20

Going off at a slight tangent here, but I had to avoid decaf coffee for about the first 8 months. Took me a while to work out that it was causing very screamy, unsettled babies in the evening. Decaf tea was fine though. I can't hack caffeine myself really, so never had much to see if it affected the babies.

HippyPottyMouth Fri 19-Dec-14 19:48:51

I mostly drink decaf tea and coffee anyway, but had a can of Pepsi Max most days with no ill effects. The only thing DD reacted to was cauliflower, and now she's big and eats food she loves it.

TwoLittleTerrors Fri 19-Dec-14 19:55:27

I have 1-2 cups a day since DD2's birth. All in the morning so could be a large amount of caffeine. I avoided it with DD1. I also has a glass of wine now and then with dinner. I think I just relaxed with the second smile

HorraceTheOtter Fri 19-Dec-14 19:56:13

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CleverPlansAndSecretTricks Fri 19-Dec-14 19:59:58

Total of 4 years bf and counting here and have never even thought of restricting caffeine. I didn't know it was a thing!

I have 2 or 3 coffees and 1 or 2 teas every day. How do I tell if It has affected them?

squizita Fri 19-Dec-14 20:08:58

2 cups of a milcano type coffee a day and/or a coffee shop coffee. Baby is the same before/after.
Some react to it others don't I was told, just try it! fgrin

perfectlybroken Fri 19-Dec-14 20:13:46

Another coffee addict here, doesn't seem to have any ill effects on either baby, but then they were probably born addicts blush

mrsmugoo Fri 19-Dec-14 20:54:21

Tea and coffee addict here - no effect on DS whatsoever but am currently 6 days into cold turkey on caffeine just to try to tackle my own bloody insomnia!

SellMySoulForSomeSleep Fri 19-Dec-14 22:49:29

I mainlined pepsi max all through pregnancy and the last 6 months of bf. DD seems ok. My teeth on the other hand, not so good!

Bellyrub1980 Sat 20-Dec-14 07:21:43

Yay!! Okay, based on the above reasurrance I'm going to have proper coffee in the morning for the first time since we started trying a year ago!!!

Scotmum83 Sun 21-Dec-14 20:41:06

Sorry mine goes nuts after just one cup sad

Sleepyhoglet Mon 22-Dec-14 21:43:12

Disaster for me! Stick to decaff.

flipflopsonfifthavenue Thu 25-Dec-14 14:23:13

With DS1 I survived on caffeine and sugar for about a year. Never noticed any problems although he uses to wake every 1.5hr throughout the night every night until I night weaned at 14mo but I think that was just him and fact that I always fed him to sleep so he he no idea how to get back to sleep without boob.

DS2 is 7 weeks old and am back only maternity leave diet of sugar and caffeine. Last couple of weeks he's been increasingly difficult to get to sleep for naps and at bedtime (but still sleeping well at night, and once he is asleep will go 3-4hrs at a time) so at DPs suggestion I've given up caffeine and cut back on chocolate (am dying here....) and I hate to admit it but DS2 does seem like a different baby... Has been more easy to settle for naps and has seemed less overtired/grumpy.

Could be coincidence, could be the caffeine. Am telling DP is coincidence as I'd hate to admit He was right!!!

fruitpastille Thu 25-Dec-14 14:51:59

I don't like coffee but drank tea throughout pregnancy and bf. There's no need to give caffeine up.

BertieBotts Thu 25-Dec-14 15:07:17

Caffeine is fat soluble so it will go into your milk a little bit but there's no official advice to avoid it or cut down. The concentration in milk is tiny, it would be a very sensitive baby who was affected.

kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/lifestyle/caffeine/

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