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Is it safe for me to drink caffeine while breastfeeding?

Is it safe for me to drink caffeine while breastfeeding?

Yes: A breastfeeding mom (with no past caffeine problems) may enjoy some caffeinated drinks after her baby is 2-3 months. During the first 2-3 months, a mom may be napping between baby feedings, so should avoid caffeine. Also, new babies may be more sensitive to the small amount of caffeine in breastmilk, compared to babies over 3 months. A mom can drink her caffeine after breastfeeding, to be safest. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Is it ok to have caffeine if I am breastfeeding?

Is it ok to have caffeine if I am breastfeeding?

Yes: A breastfeeding mom (with no past caffeine problems) may enjoy some caffeinated drinks after her baby is 2-3 months. During the first 2-3 months, a mom may be napping between baby feedings, so should avoid caffeine. Also, new babies may be more sensitive to the small amount of caffeine in breastmilk, compared to babies over 3 months. A mom can have her caffeine after breastfeeding, to be safest. ...Read more

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Green tea (caffeine) while breastfeeding, is this okay?

Green tea (caffeine) while breastfeeding, is this okay?

Small amounts in AM: Most drug concentrations peak within a few hours in breast milk. Foods usually will reach the baby by about 6 hours after ingestion. You should avoid excessive caffeine while breastfeeding, so a cup of tea or coffee in the AM is ok, but baby will get the caffeine around early afternoon. Large amounts of caffeine are not good for you or baby. ...Read more

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How do I stop my addiction to caffeine safely while breastfeeding with little to no side effects?

How do I stop my addiction to caffeine safely while breastfeeding with little to no side effects?

Cut back slowly: If you drink 5 cups a day, cut it down to 4 cups a day per week than 3 cups a day for a week then 2 cups a day for a week then one cup a day for a week. Basically you cut it down by one cup per day for a whole week before you lower it further. This will hopefully cut down on any chance of you having caffeine withdrawal headaches. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my baby,if i drink dandelion root tea during breastfeeding to reduce edema?will it pass to the milk?

Is it safe for my baby,if i drink dandelion root tea during breastfeeding to reduce edema?will it pass to the milk?

I hope you discussed: the benefits vs. risks of your progesterone & anti-prolactin medications with both your OB & your Pediatrician. Apparently, one shouldn't use dandelion tea as a diuretic for more than 3-4 weeks, nor take it with a prescribed diuretic. Since there are no studies on the " dose" of the tea, I can't tell you what %age crosses into breastmilk or how safe it is. ...Read more

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Is it safe for breastfeeding mom to fast for 12 hrs (no food or drink)? For SIBO breath test?

Is it safe for breastfeeding mom to fast for 12 hrs (no food or drink)? For SIBO breath test?

Yes: Your body should have enough nutritional reserves to keep you and your baby healthy for such a short amount of time. Since you can usually continue to drink water even when preparing for SIBO breath test, dehydration is not a concern (Make sure water is ok with your doctor) ...Read more

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Is drinking 300mg of caffeine daily (instant coffee) at once safe?( meaning in one sitting)

Is drinking 300mg of caffeine daily (instant coffee) at once safe?( meaning in one sitting)

Yes and No: Asking physicians about caffeine is a great example of "Do as we say, not as we do." Physicians are notorious for suffering from symptoms of "Caffeinism" which results from the chronic use of 500mg or more of caffeine per day. Caffeine's stimulant effects are both a benefit and a potential curse. "Moderation is best" but again that is advice coming from a fully caffeinated physician. ...Read more