Limiting Your Coffee Intake While Breastfeeding
There are many precautions you want to take when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. You want to give your child the best start in life, like most parents. As a mother, you’re more responsible than anyone else, because what you choose to put in your own body affects your baby. Unborn or newborn.
One of the biggest concerns among women who are pregnant is drinking coffee. Unfortunately, there is some truth to the myth behind “you can’t drink coffee when pregnant”. Luckily, it’s a tad blown out of proportion. You actually can consume a little bit of coffee, you just have to monitor your consumption. Particularly, the consumption of caffeine. That sounds easy enough, right? Except we often fail to realize that caffeine is in products other than coffee. For instance, you can find caffeine in chocolate and carbonated beverages as well. Caffeine energy drinks, too! There are many places you’ll find yourself face-to-face with caffeinated products.
Doctors advise no more than 200 mg of caffeine a day. This equals about 2 cups of coffee in a standard mug. If you can keep yourself down to one cup of coffee a day, you’ll have no problem with continuing to enjoy it while you’re pregnant.
But, that doesn’t account for any caffeinated foods you might want to eat. So, if you’re going to snack on a chocolate bar later because you have a craving, you should only have a cup of coffee in the morning. Do the best you can to limit yourself, whenever possible. After all, it’s a stimulant and that’s harmful on the baby. Studies link too much caffeine consumption with unfortunate side effects during the birth, including babies who are underweight. You certainly don’t want to have to face such an awful thing. So, catch yourself before drinking a second coffee.
Some good alternatives to coffee are 100% fruit juices, as well as drinking a good deal of water. It’s hard to adjust to, but you can always add the flavor crystals to give your water a better taste.
If you’d still like to enjoy your coffee, try drinking a latte instead. Lattes actually have less caffeine than a normal coffee. You’ll definitely want to avoid espresso though because the caffeine is concentrated. It’s also a higher level, hence affecting the bloodstream instantly and perking you up in the morning. Another option when you want a coffee during pregnancy is to try decaf. Decaffeinated coffee is also good when you’re breastfeeding or nursing. Of course, it doesn’t have the same taste or the same affect. But, it’s a better alternative than caffeine.
Limiting how much coffee you enjoy should also carry into the nursing part of your pregnancy. Your body is still affecting the babies body. You don’t want them to have caffeine than either. You wouldn’t want to give your child a coffee with breakfast. You’d want them to have milk. So, you’ll want to make sure that’s what you’re drinking the most of. Along with water, of course.
With a newborn baby, you’re going to find yourself tiring much quicker. You may be facing sleepless nights, completely drained. You’ll want the occasional coffee. As long as you’re watching the level of caffeine you ingest, you should still be able to enjoy your morning coffee!