Alcohol, Caffeine and Soda Consumption While Breastfeeding


What you need to know about consuming these beverages while breastfeeding:


If you're a nursing mom, staying hydrated to provide enough fluid to produce milk is super important. In addition to how much you drink, WHAT you drink is also important for both you and your baby.


Caffeine - makes you more prone to inadequate hydration. It's best to avoid it, especially in the first 6 weeks postpartum. It's hard for a newborn to metabolize and excrete caffeine than it is for an older infant.

Caffeine gets into breastmilk, and here are some signs of caffeine sensitivity in your baby:

-wakefulness

-hyperactivity

-colicky behavior

-shorter duration of feedings



Soda- contains a metabolic nightmare of ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, phosphates that block calcium, and artificial flavorings and colorings. The artificial sweeteners in diet soda are unhealthy for anyone, particularly your baby.


Alcohol- you will want to limit and preferably stop drinking, especially hard alcohol while nursing. Alcohol enters breast milk 30 to 60 minutes after consumption. Feeling the effects of alcohol means alcohol is in your milk. Wait at least 2 hours after any drink to nurse. If you have any more than one alcoholic drink, it's advised to "pump and dump." The idea of beer actually stimulating prolactin levels that boost milk production is the effect of barley, not the alcohol.


If the urge for caffeine is unstoppable consider green tea which is way less caffeinated or black tea which has slightly more caffeine than green. Or a single espresso contains considerably less caffeine than a tall cup of coffee. And do choose organic! Conventionally grown coffee beans have some of the highest amounts of pesticides of any crop!

Replace with savory drinks that are thirst-quenching and support your energy without taxing you and your baby's system. These include herbal teas, kombucha, lemonade, bone broths, non-caffeinated chai, hot chocolate, and water with a squeeze of citrus.


Remember to not get caught up in the rigidity of rules but instead connected to your baby, watch for signs, and be gentle on the both of you: temporary to benefit your growing family.



Sources:

Super Nutrition for Babies

The Frist Forty Days

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