Nursing Moms,Having a Hard Time Getting Your Baby to Sleep? It May Be What You Are Drinking
As you know, we stress to everyone the importance of water and the benefits we enjoy from increasing our water intake. This is especially important to nursing moms. If your baby is having a difficult time falling asleep, or not sleeping through the night, you may want to consider how much caffeine you are consuming.
Drinking coffee, tea and soft drinks and even eating chocolate increases the level of the stimulant in the blood. Babies can become restless, awake and irritable, when it is passed on through a mother’s milk. Babies find it difficult to metabolize caffeine.
Dr Ruth Lawrence, editor of the journal Breastfeeding Medicine, said that babies have difficulties in breaking down and removing the drug from their bodies especially in their first two weeks of life. This can lead it to accumulate causing adverse symptoms.
How much is too much? As a general practice mothers are advised not to have more than 300mg of caffeine – equivalent to three cups of coffee – a day. Remember there is caffeine in chocolate too. So if moms are drinking coffee or caffeinated tea during the day and eating chocolate the numbers can add up quickly.
Just another good reason to drink water! So, if you are not resting well because you are up all night with your baby, or your baby is very restless during the day, consider reducing the intake of caffeine. Be sure to stay well hydrated with half your body weight in ounces of water; this will help your energy level too!
If you have more questions about breast feeding, we would be more than happy to discuss this with you, just make an appointment, we would love to see you!