Caffeine & Breastfeeding

Let chat caffeine, not limited to coffee, remember caffeine can be found in other beverages and food items also!

🤰🏼pregnancy + caffeine
If you search caffeine consumption and pregnancy you will find a very wide range of results. To avoid confusion I am going to reference 𝗔𝗖𝗢𝗚’s recommendation.
✨Moderate consumption of caffeine, 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆 is considered to be safe.
Why is caffeine in question when it comes to pregnancy❓ Because caffeine crosses the placenta and increases maternal catecholamine levels, concerns have been raised about a potential relationship between caffeine exposure and the incidence of spontaneous miscarriage.
However, studies investigating the association between caffeine intake and miscarriage… influenced by recall bias, particularly in patients interviewed after pregnancy loss

👩🏽‍🍼lactation + caffeine
Not to worry, studies are less concerning once baby has arrived. This category will reference a 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗠𝗲𝗱 study that compares intake of 10 cups of coffee, response in infants 3 weeks and older, infants younger than 3 weeks and maternal caffeine peak time.
✨ Caffeine appears in breastmilk rapidly after maternal ingestion, approx 1-2 hours post consumption. Mothers that ingested 5 cups a day found no stimulation in infant 3 weeks or older, opposed to infants who were exposed to 10 cups of coffee (breastmilk caffeine saturation) a day. Infants who were exposed to higher amounts of caffeine showed fussiness, jitteriness and poor sleep patterns. Mothers of preterm or babies younger than 3 weeks of age are recommended to reduce intake due to infant‘s slower metabolism.
✨It is recommended that 𝟯𝟬𝟬-𝟱𝟬𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆 is a safe level of intake for most mothers.

Commonly consumed caffeinated items:
☕️Dunkin Donuts Medium coffee
210mg
☕️Starbucks Pikes Place Grande
310mg
🥤Pepsi 12 ounce
38mg
🍫 Dark Chocolate 1oz
12mg

Breastfeeding + caffeine 

Pregnancy + caffeine