Will Coffee Keep Baby Up All Night?
Breastfeeding moms often worry that coffee and caffeine intake will keep their babies up all night. But before you switch to decaf, read this…
Need a cup of joe to make it through the day? It may be OK to pour yourself a second cup, Mama! According to a study from Brazil, caffeine consumption while breastfeeding appears to interfere very little, if at all, with babies’ sleep-wake cycles.
In the study, researchers interviewed 885 new mothers about caffeine intake and their infants’ sleep habits at the age of 3 months. Just over 14 percent reported a heavy caffeine intake of more than 300 mg per day in the three months after giving birth. (For comparison, a 12-ounce cup of coffee contains about 200 mg of caffeine.)
When researchers asked the mothers about their babies’ sleep habits, 15 percent said their 3-month-old woke up more than three times each night. However, babies whose mothers were heavy caffeine consumers were no more likely to wake than babies whose moms abstained from caffeine.
As long as it is kept in moderation, “caffeine consumption during pregnancy and by nursing mothers seems not to have consequences on [infant sleep],” researchers tell Reuters.
But pediatric experts point out that some moms still need to take precautions. Preterm infants and newborns metabolize caffeine more slowly and may be more sensitive to the small amount of caffeine that passes into breast milk. Studies also suggest that taking in large amounts of caffeine during breastfeeding—”much higher” than 300 mg a day—are related to fussiness and poor sleep in infants. For the sake of their babies’ health (and sleep), these moms may want to make it decaf.
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