February 21, 2012

Wakeful and Irritable Babies

1 Breastfeeding Moms Should Shun Caffeine

Babies cannot metabolize caffeine efficiently and those who are breastfed may exhibit irritability and wakefulness if their mothers consume caffeine, according to Dr. Ruth Lawrence, U of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. The effects of caffeine -which is found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, some OTC meds and chocolate - on breastfed babies is a developing field of study and the amount of caffeine a breastfeeding mother must consume to have it affect her baby is still being understood. "Usually a mother, particularly if she is breastfeeding, is cautioned to limit her caffeine intake," says Dr. Lawrence who adds that after giving birth, mothers "should consume all things in moderation and try to avoid the excesses that might really add up to a lot of caffeine."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: More Breastfeeding Would Save Lives

Tags: Breastfeeding, Irritability, Caffeine and Breastfeeding, Wakefulness

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