Tea and Breastfeeding


Tea is rising in reputation yearly. Part of its enchantment is its many well being advantages, however regardless of being a wholesome beverage it’s nonetheless a supply of caffeine. Compared to espresso, nevertheless, the chemical make-up of tea is sort of totally different and many individuals discover it simpler to tolerate.

Nevertheless anybody who’s delicate to caffeine ought to restrict their tea consumption. This applies particularly to pregnant girls and nursing moms as a result of extra quantities of caffeine might hurt or irritate their infants.

Caffeine tolerance varies broadly however most medical doctors advise pregnant girls to chop again on caffeine. Studies have proven that caffeine passes via the placenta to the unborn youngster, and there’s a doable hyperlink between excessive caffeine consumption and miscarriage.

It is for certain that top ranges of caffeine (three cups of espresso a day or extra) ought to be averted throughout being pregnant, however an occasional cup of tea appears to be acceptable. Just you’ll want to keep away from different sources of caffeine reminiscent of chocolate, soda, and over-the-counter medicine.

After Birth

Nursing moms who drink tea are giving their infants a dose of caffeine. The highest concentrations of caffeine in breast milk happen about an hour after consumption, so moms who drink tea ought to wait till after child has been fed.

Babies who’ve been uncovered to caffeine throughout being pregnant seem to tolerate it higher, however extra caffeine could make infants stressed and irritable. Caffeine is metabolized rather more slowly by infants than adults so moms who drink a variety of tea might discover their infants getting extra stressed as their caffeine ranges enhance.

Should the nursing mom remove tea? It’s a private alternative, but it surely’s clever to scale back caffeine consumption till your child is about 6 months.

Herbal Tea

Nursing moms who’re on the lookout for an alternative choice to their common tea might discover that natural tea suits the invoice. Unlike inexperienced tea or black tea, most natural tea is caffeine-free. It is protected to eat and will even assist with milk manufacturing. Herbs reminiscent of nettle and thistle have historically been used to extend breast milk, and herbs like chamomile and motherwort are wonderful for relieving stress.

Source by Paul Dickson