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Be Cautious Of Caffeine

Be Cautious Of Caffeine

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Caffeine is a substance that is naturally present in coffee, tea, chocolate, some carbonated beverages and certain plants.Caffeine stimulates the brain and nervous system.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Do I Need to Limit Caffeine Intake While Breastfeeding?

Yes, it is advised to limit caffeine intake during breastfeeding. Caffeine can pass through the breast milk to the baby.

Too much of caffeine can affect your baby’s mood and he or she may become fussy. Your baby may also not sleep well because caffeine disturbs sleeping patterns.

Too much of caffeine can affect your health leading to upset stomach, headaches, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and difficulty in sleeping. It can also make you dehydrated. Since your health is as important as your baby’s health for satisfactory breastfeeding, you need to limit your caffeine intake.

Caffeine does not have any nutritional value. So it’s best to avoid it.

How Much is the Right Amount of Caffeine?

It is advised that not more than 200 milligrams of caffeine should be consumed in a day. This means you can drink up to 2 or 3 cups of coffee or other carbonated 
beverages in a day. Check for other sources of caffeine like chocolate, tea, etc.

Amount of Caffeine in Some Foods:

Brewed Coffee (240 ml) - 137 mg

Instant Coffee (240 ml) - 76 mg

Carbonated beverages (350 ml) - 37 mg

Brewed Tea (240 ml) - 48 mg

Dark Chocolate (40 g) - 30 mg

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