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Caffeine and Breastfeeding by Prenatal Coffee

Caffeine and Breastfeeding by Prenatal Coffee

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Caffeine and Breastfeeding

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Caffeine and Breastfeeding

A study published by Nehlig and Debry in 1994 showed that it takes much longer for the body of an infant to detoxify caffeine because of the prolonged half-life of the caffeine in infants. The main reason for this is that the gastrointestinal tract, the liver and the kidneys of the infant, which are all responsible for the detoxification process, are not yet fully developed. Maturity of these specific enzymatic pathways is not reached before seven to nine months after birth. The same study of Nehlig and Debry showed that caffeine can be a stimulant for breast milk production, but its effects on nursing infants should be taken into account as well. An alternative beverage that is also known to stimulate breast milk production is caffeine-free herbal tea. The composition of breast milk is affected by everything a woman eats or drinks. This is true for coffee as well and studies indicate that it takes approximately half an hour for caffeine to become a component of breast milk (Stavchansky et al, 1998). Moreover, caffeine may be detected in breast milk up to five days after consumption (Ryu, 1985). The recommendation of the American academy of Pediatrics is to breastfeed for at least the first six months after birth. As many of the substances a woman eats become part of the breast milk, the impact of regular coffee drinking on an infant should be carefully considered. As the liver and digestive system of newborns and developing infants are still immature, they do not detoxify caffeine the same way as an adult. This is the reason researchers suggest that the intake of caffeine in breastfeeding mothers should be limited.

Effects of Caffeine Consumption on a Born Baby Several studies (Balat, et al, 2003; Boylan et al, 2008) indicate that the consumption of caffeine during pregnancy leads to lower birth weights. In cases of women who had a high caffeine intake during the last months of pregnancy, their babies may exhibit symptoms of caffeine withdrawal, including irritability, reduced sleep, vomiting and jitteriness. According to a study published by Martin et al in 2007, the withdrawal effects occur in the case of yerba mate as well. Avoid feeding your baby caffeine by switching to Prenatal Coffee. You will not lose your favorite flavor and you will protect your baby.

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