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How bad is it to have a cup of joe or the occasional diet coke while bfeeding? With the twins, I was pretty strict about the whole caffeine or nutrasweet thing, but this time around, I really really need the boost... I'm just pooped all day long (not to mention nighttimes!)<br><br>
DS is 3 weeks old, and I have 4 yo twin girls, so there's no time for real naps during the day. Plus I work from home - not loads of hours, but enough to keep me busy. I find even just 1 cup of coffee (or a mochachino!) or 1 diet coke gives me a clear head to get through the day without losing my temper at the girls for sneezing the wrong way LOL!, but I'm concerned about the caffeine or nutrasweet for DS since he's so new.<br><br>
what do you all do for that extra boost of energy?<br><br>
thanks!!!
 

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I drink the equivalent of a grande-sized coffee on most days. I think it depends on the baby, to a degree. My first was SO sensitive to caffeine that I couldn't even eat a granola bar with teeny weeny chocolate chips without her screaming all night. This baby isn't affected by it at all, and I've done experiments just to be sure (on me, I mean, I didn't give her coffee in an SNS or anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). I know some mamas give it up as a precaution. I don't think I could survive without it (and I mean that literally, it's my alternative to antidepressants right now, and I work from home 30 hours too, so I hear ya!).<br><br>
Oh, and ETA, we use real sugar, no artificials for me or them.
 

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I drink coffee almost every day. After #2 came along it kind of became a neccesity. LOL I occasionally have a diet coke but that's not often, maybe once a week or every other week. Both are fine in moderation.
 

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Try a little at first and see how the baby does. I found I had to be careful at first with caffeine and my kids, but after about 6-8 months, they were not affected by it anymore. I would think one cup early in the day would be okay.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Try a little at first and see how the baby does. I found I had to be careful at first with caffeine and my kids, but after about 6-8 months, they were not affected by it anymore. I would think one cup early in the day would be okay.</div>
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That's what I did. My dd would stay up later than normal if I drank a coke when she was really small. But by 6ish months, it didn't make a difference.
 

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I drink 2-3 cups of strong coffee throughout the morning and my baby doesn't complain. While pregnant, I cut back to one a day. I never drink anything caffeinated past lunchtime. If I do, my ds is up in the middle of the night.
 

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Coffee or tea, sweetened with real sugar or honey, is better than Diet Coke.<br><br>
When they're young, it does take a long time to metabolize caffeine. I want to say it's something like 30 hours. Of course, they only get a small portion of the caffeine you drink. I'd suggest trying to alternate days if you do decide to drink caffeine.
 

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I would not do a diet drink, b/c those chemicals scare me.<br><br>
But I do do coffee, and the only time DS has ever reacted to it was the day I forgot about my coffee in the morning, and had a grande latte in the afternoon. As I was finishing it, I remembered the morning coffee. Both of us were up rather late that night...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
But I don't think a normal amount of caffeine is bad, as long as your kiddo agrees. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Don't do the diet stuff, though, just have a regular soda and be done with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I am SO bad..... I eat so healthy, vegetarian, flaxseeds, wheatgerm, everything organic, but I drink diet pepsi like it is water. Seroiusly, I probaly have 5 a day! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I would quit if I could, but I am addicted. I have a VERY addictive personality, have had problems with alcohol (in the past, not now) smoking (again, I quit when I got pregnant... so not now, it grosses me out now) and so, I give into diet pepsi. I figure its better than alcohol or smoking right? I mean, as an addiction? I am SO bad!!! Give me some reasons to quit drinking it so much. It doesnt seem to affect my ds at all, probably cause his system is used to it by now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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Read about aspartame. That should cure you of it.<br><br>
Seriously, I was addicted like that in college. Several fountain diet drinks a day. Then I had to lose some pounds for Crew, and noticed the amount of sodium in Diet drinks. So I allowed myself ONE "real" soda a day, and lots of water.<br><br>
Instantly, I mean, only a few days, lost 5 pounds of waterweight, from reducing all that sodium. The regular sodas are FAR less addictive than the diet drinks...I have a friend with serious liver issues (she was on the transplant list for a year until she got healthy enough to be kicked off of it), and she is SO addicted to those things she still drinks them. And her liver doesn't function very well, she KNOWS she's crazy!<br><br>
So I know it's hard, but really, those chemicals are nasty, nasty things...<br><br>
(I have no suggestions on where to research, I did my research LONG ago, sorry)
 
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