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Can I Drink Coffee After Giving Birth?

Giving birth to a child is one of the most important moments in the life of any woman. After giving birth to our little one, we will have to maintain so many things and need to change some of our old habits as well.

I am sure there are so many women like me who prefer to eat chocolates, coffee, cokes and all. But after giving birth, our lives change and we become curious about many small things including our regular diet.

Actually, we all have survived nine months of cutting and limiting some of our favorite foods and drinks during pregnancy. So, after giving birth to the child, we wonder what's back on the menu. I also have the same queries, like everyone.

Can I drink coffee after giving birth? Should new mothers eliminate coffee from their diet completely?

Coffee and breastfeeding

After childbirth, the main work we have is to breastfeed the baby. So, many people are told to limit and cut out caffeine during pregnancy just for the risk caffeine can cause the placenta and affect the developing fetus. Yet as a new mother, we should know the fact that caffeine is much less likely to affect the breastfeeding infant.

The real fact is that the body metabolizes most of the caffeine in coffee before it reaches to the breast milk and chance to affect the infant. According to so many doctors and researchers, caffeine is a low-risk drug in moderation. The 1% of the caffeine of what women consume gets into breast milk. This amount of caffeine cannot harm the babies.

Is it safe to have coffee while you are breastfeeding?

Yes, it is absolutely safe to drink and have coffee after giving childbirth and during breastfeeding. You do not need to kick out your old habit just because you are nursing a baby. The traces of caffeine that have been found in breast milk are too small to have any kinds of diverse effects to the infant.

Yet we should know the fact that some babies are more sensitive to caffeine than others. We should notice the fact. If our little one seems to be fussy, wide awake, and irritable and hyper while we have had few cups of coffee then we must need to cut back a bit and see the improvement. It is also advisable not to drink coffee just before the time of breastfeeding your little one. In this way, we should also give time to caffeine for working in our system by the time our baby is hungry and we need to feed them.

What effects can caffeine have on a baby?

breastfeeding while holding coffee

Many women are real coffee lovers. Many of us drink 10 cups in a day. If you are one of them, then you must notice these kinds of side effects in your baby.

These are as follows:

  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Irritability
  • Jitteriness
  • Fussiness

We should know that preterm babies and newborn babies break down the caffeine slowly than the older infants.

Does coffee decrease the milk supply?

This is a very accurate and interesting question that every mother asks. However, there is no proper evidence that caffeine decreases the milk supply. But it is a well-acknowledged myth. Many women like me consume coffee regularly. So, it is very easy to frame this myth. Yet there are no effects like these have been observed by the eminent doctors and researchers.

How much caffeine should we drink after childbirth?

As per my experience, I can tell you that you should watch your baby and their behavioral change as well. This is the only way to get an accurate answer to this question. The amount of caffeine that might affect the baby will depend upon the specific baby and their age, health, and other syndromes. Yet we should take less than 5 cups of coffee or 500 mg/day. According to various sources, the upper limit of the caffeine should range from 300-750 mg/day.

Caffeine in brewed coffee

We should notice the fact that how much caffeine we take after delivering our child. The level of caffeine is varied in different types of brewed coffees.

  • Brewed coffee (8 oz) 137 mg
  • Instant coffee (8 oz) 76 mg

Light, medium and dark brews

coffee beans

There is so much difference in caffeine between roasts. It is very much important how the coffee has been measured. Generally, light roast beans are denser and dark roast beans have less mass. Light roast brews may contain more caffeine.

But we should notice the changes in our babies after consuming coffee and caffeine contents. There is a chance that your baby feels irritated, cranky just after you drink coffee. But you can try an experiment in order to understand the fact. We may take caffeine out of our diet for at least a week and notice if there is any change in our baby's behavior or not. After that, put the caffeine back into our diet and see if they revert back to the irritability or not. You can get the answer accordingly.

It is a fact that decaf coffee has a small amount of caffeine in it. It is much safer than caffeinated coffee. Apart from the benefits, decaf coffee is still highly acidic in nature. So, it may affect the amount of iron in breast milk.

We should take care of our baby at the time of nursing. It is very much important for us to have a good amount of food and drinks during breastfeeding as it can affect our baby.

So, moderation is the key while it comes to most foods and drinks at the time of breastfeeding. Caffeine is not at all an exception.

Yet we should not deprive ourselves by eliminating coffee from our list but we should control the limits of taking it frequently. Apart from this, doctors are always there to help us and guide us throughout the matter. So, we should not feel hesitant to consult them and ask: Can I drink coffee after giving birth?


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