If you’ve found yourself asking, “do coffee and breastfeeding mix?“, the short answer is yes – in moderation!
It is generally considered safe to consume moderate amounts of caffeine while breastfeeding. Caffeine is present in many foods and drinks, including coffee, tea, chocolate, and soda.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that breastfeeding mothers can safely consume up to 300 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is equivalent to about 3 cups (237 milliliters) of coffee.
However, it is important to note that caffeine is present in many other foods and drinks besides coffee, so you should consider the total amount of caffeine you are consuming from all sources.
While it is generally safe to consume moderate amounts of caffeine while breastfeeding, it is important to be aware that caffeine is a stimulant that can affect your baby.
Caffeine can pass into your breast milk and your baby may be more fussy or have difficulty sleeping if you consume large amounts of caffeine. If you are concerned about the effect of caffeine on your baby, it is a good idea to monitor your intake and try to limit your consumption to moderate amounts.
Drinking coffee and breast milk are perfectly safe as long as you’re staying within the recommended two to three cups maximum per day AND checking on baby to see if baby is experiencing side effects from your caffeine consumption. (AIM to stay under about 300mg-ish)
The caveat of coffee and breastfeeding is that you NEED to make sure you’re checking the caffeine content of whatever you drink!
You’d be surprised just how widely caffeine content can vary between coffee and other drinks!
☕️ Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee (12 oz) 260 mg
☕️ Starbucks Dark Coffee (12 oz) 93 mg
☕️ Starbucks Iced Coffee (12 oz) 120 mg
☕️ Starbucks Café Latte (12 oz) 75 mg
🍵 Starbucks Green Tea Latte (12 oz) 55 mg
🍵 Starbucks Chai Tea Latte (12 oz) 40 mg
🍦Starbucks Caramel Frappe (12 oz) 70 mg
☕️ Regular Brewed Coffee (8 oz) 70-140 mg
🥤Coke (12 oz) 34 mg
🥤Diet Coke (12 oz) 46 mg
🥤Pepsi (12 oz) 38 mg
🥤Mountain Dew (12 oz) 54 mg
🥤Dr Pepper (12 oz) 41 mg
🥤Redbull (12 oz) 111 mg
🥤Monster (16 oz) 160 mg
🍶Black Tea (8 oz) 25-50 mg
🍶Green Tea (8 oz) 25-30 mg
💊 Excedrin Extra Strength (1 tablet) 65 mg
🍫Dark Chocolate (1 oz) 12 mg
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