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Caffeine and Breastfeeding?

Is it safe to drink caffeine while I'm breastfeeding? How much is okay?
ByAmy Spangler, MN, RN, IBCLC, author of Breastfeeding: A Parent’s Guide
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Feb 2017
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If you simply have to have a morning cup of joe, rest assured that small amounts of caffeine are safe (one to two cups of regular coffee a day) for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. And there’s no evidence to show that caffeine decreases a mother’s milk supply.

But be careful of overdoing the caffeine. Large amounts (more than two caffeine-containing drinks a day) can  make your baby fussy and wakeful. And we’re guessing that’s not something you want to risk!

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