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Caffeine and breastfeeding/pregnancy

  • I am bf'ing and I consume more than 0oz and less than 6 oz

    Votes: 8 5.8%
  • I am breastfeeding and I consume more than 6oz and less than 12oz

    Votes: 27 19.7%
  • I am bf'ing and consume more than 12oz and less than 20oz

    Votes: 34 24.8%
  • I am bf'ing and consume more than 20 oz of a cafinated drink daily

    Votes: 21 15.3%
  • I am pg and consume more than 0 and less than 6oz daily

    Votes: 2 1.5%
  • I am pg and consume more than 6oz and less than 12oz daily

    Votes: 5 3.6%
  • I am pg and consume more than 12oz and less than 20oz

    Votes: 8 5.8%
  • I amd pg and consume more than 20oz daily

    Votes: 4 2.9%
  • I do not consume a cafinated drink daily, but do more than 3 times a week

    Votes: 7 5.1%
  • I do not consume a cafinated drink more than 3 times a week

    Votes: 6 4.4%
  • I do not consume caffeine while pg/bf'ing

    Votes: 12 8.8%
  • I do not consume caffeine while pg but do while bf'ing

    Votes: 13 9.5%
  • I do not consume caffeine while bf'ing but do while pg

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I do not/rarely consume caffeine

    Votes: 17 12.4%
  • Other

    Votes: 7 5.1%
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How much caffeine do you consume if you are pg/bf'ing??
 

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I drink caffeine all day long. If it's not coffee it's Diet Pepsi. My ds is still bf at 18 months old. Does not seem to affect him, but maybe he is used to it just like I am. I know, its pretty bad. But, thats how it is.
 

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I drank 2-4 ounces when I was pregnant and breastfeeding, which was the equivalent of 1-2 American coffees per day.<br><br>
I didn't drink any other caffeinated beverages.
 

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I drink quite a few cokes/dr peppers everyday and I'm pregnant. It seemed to help with the naseua during the first trimester, and now I'm a little addicted.<br><br>
However, the same quantity of soda has much less caffiene than the same amount of coffee or tea.<br><br>
I've often heard you should limit your intake to 300 mg a day while pregnant, which could mean only 8 oz of coffee, but 5 cans of soda. Of course this could vary depending on the strength of the coffee or the type of soda.<br><br>
I researched this quite a bit with my first pregnancy, and really limited my caffiene, the latest one I haven't been quite so concerned.<br><br>
I do have to be very concious of caffiene intake while I am nursing though. It really seemed to keep my babies up at night if I consumed it too late in the evening. Once we were at a wedding reception and the waiter just kept refilling my soda. I have no idea how much I drank, but DS (9months) was up all night, happily playing. At least he was happy, but it made for a long night
 

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Not sure what to vote... I am pg and consume 0 oz to 16 oz daily (of coffee... I consider tea 'free' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).<br><br>
When bf a newborn I was as careful with caffeine as I am during pregnancy but gradually loosened up and by the time my nursling was 4 I was drinking a whole bodum, sometimes more, of coffee/day without worrying.
 

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I drink caffeine all day, pretty much. i had to stop when DS2 was born b/c he reacted terribly from it. At about 6 months I was able to ease back in and now its as if I never quit.
 

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I put other, just b/c it depends on the day. I am pumping for an 18 mos old.<br><br>
Yesterday, I had none. Just water and no-caffeine tea. Today, I brewed up a big ol' pot of coffee. I tend to go between water/tea/coffee, but, since I use the coffee maker to make hot tea water, I usually don't drink both in the same day.<br><br>
I drank less than a can a day (of soda) when pregnant, and no coffee (except for a very rare Starbucks). Early on in the breastfeeding, I was more cautious, but, honestly, it doesn't seem to affect my DD that much anyway.
 

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Oooooh. I drink a lot of coffee. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
Nursing babe is 12+ months old.
 

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at least i'm not the only BFing mama drinking caffeine. i am so relieved it does not affect dd. she is a great night sleeper. naps are not so great but whether i drink caffeine does not seem to matter. thank gosh!
 

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I used to have more caffeine but I was getting swollen and sore breast. My dr recommended that I cut back and lo and behold, the pain and swelling went away. That's when I was 20 so it's been a long time since having any real caffeine. My only source of caffeine is sometimes I have some chocolate.
 

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I'm breastfeeding and I drink lots of caffeine. It doesn't seem to effect DS at all.
 

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i am bf'ing and i marked "more than 20oz daily", because while i don't get caffeine EVERY day, when i do, i really do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> soda is the bane of my existence, heh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I voted not more than 3 times a week, but it's probably way less, and I don't change my consumption based on pregnancy or breastfeeding . . . I generally drink two or three frozen cokes a week (my one and only vice, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), but otherwise it's water with lemon for me.<br><br>
My little guy loooooves coffee, but my mom has to drink decaff to avoid heart palpitations, and she's the only one who shares with him.
 

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At least I'm not the only one! I drink 2 cups of coffee every day, plus usually 1 pepsi...works out to be probably 36 oz a day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
And now that I'm moving I need an extra boost at 7:00pm so I can stay up till 1:30-2:00 packing so I drink coffee with supper. I'll be glad when I'm not moving and don't need that boost...it makes me jittery and I can't fall asleep. *sigh*
 

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I don't knowingly consume caffeine while pregnant. I have a 6 week old now and pump for my 26 month old, and I drink two cups of coffee a day. It does not effect them.
 

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I didn't drink much caffeine when I was BFing because I wanted to be able to sleep when the baby slept, and if I've had caffeine, I can't do that!
 

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Breastfeeding now. I drink coffee every am, about 8-12oz. no other caffeine, no other time of day.<br>
During pregnancy I'd have an occasional cup, about 8 oz. about 2-4x/week. Now chocolate was a different story!!!!
 

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I'm on a lot less caffeine than ever right now, but it could change at any moment.I have been careful not to drink caffeine in pg with 2 pg's and they are my calm kids,I was not careful in my later 2 pg, and they are my energetic kids.Not sure if it's coincidence or not...As far as nursing,I've always had some, and was less careful as baby got older,it has always directly affected my nursling.Either in less sleep-being wired and frusterated,or in dental health,of course, they drank it out of the can/bottle,straw too, like the rest of us once they were a year or so....At one point,I was tandeming and drinking about 20-30 oz of dr pepper a day, and I asked Dd what the breastmilk tasted like, and she said "Dr. pepper!"<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/neg.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="negative"> was on a binge, as I tend to do.I'll be off for weeks, then binge.Still have not broken that habit.<br><br>
I did want to mention that I think the poll was set up geniusly!And if I were such a genius, I could spell the word, if it existed!
 

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I drink a lot of tea. I think probably about a quart or more a day; don't know how many ounces that is.<br><br>
I am breastfeeding; it doesn't seem to bother the twins at all, as long as I stop by around 2 or 3 pm. If I drink it late in the day, DS and I have trouble falling asleep. DD2 doesn't seem bothered even then; that child would sleep through a brass band parading through her room.
 
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