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How coffee and caffeine could affect a newborn baby?

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Caffeine is the main compound of coffee which is considered as the central nervous system stimulant in the whole world. Along with many other medications, only about 1% of the caffeine taken by a mother will enter breast milk.

If a female is drinking a few cups of coffee each day then her breastfed baby will not be affected by caffeine intake.

But what could happen to a newly born baby, if a mother drinks lots of very strong filtered coffee? This article by coffeeinblog will shed light on the key points about how coffee and caffeine could affect a newborn baby?

Caffeine and the newborn baby

According to science, after consuming coffee, for a few minutes, caffeine stays in your body. Gradually, caffeine starts to absorb in your bloodstream and takes hours for being clearer from the bloodstream.

Anyhow, in the case of mothers and their new-born babies, caffeine takes a long time to clear in the newborn baby's bloodstream. In the body of a newborn baby, coffee takes less time than the adults’ body.

It takes up to 20 days to eliminate a substance from the body. Therefore three or more cups of strong coffee every day could accrue in a newborn baby’s body causing them to be nervous or restless.

As a baby grows older, his capability of handling the caffeine amount gets better. A kid of only 3to 5 months of age deals with caffeine stimulants by taking the14 hours. Moreover, at the age of six months, the kids start to take 2.6 hours for getting caffeine absorbed into their bloodstream.

When a female who has a newly born baby on her breastfeed, takes a cup of coffee, the level of caffeine in breast milk usually gets a peak within 2 hours after drinking it.

How you could know, caffeine is affecting your baby?

If you consume caffeine-based drinks, and you are absorbing the following symptoms in your baby

  • Your baby usually seems very impatient
  • He becomes jittery and jumpy most of the times
  • He reacts as fussy

By observing all these above symptoms, it is understood that he may be sensitive to the caffeine that you are drinking daily. But contrary to this, bear in mind there can be other reasons for a breastfed baby to be fussy not just because of caffeine.

In a few cases, caffeine may lead babies to have diarrhea.

Moreover, caffeine will leave secondary effects on a baby that could vary between mothers and babies, and it commonly depends on the following points

  • Number of cups matters a lot in leaving the effect on kids that is consumed by a
  • Age of the baby is also a very important point to be noted in this context
  • Along with taking caffeine, it’s also hazardous of being smoker for a mother

How does smoking affect caffeine?

According to scientific reports, maternal smoking strengthens the effects of caffeine on the baby’s body. On the other hand, it is also stated that smokers have more speedy consent of caffeine in their bodies.

So being a mother, how much coffee can you drink per day?

Recommendations vary between different quantities of coffee. The reasonable quantity of coffee for a mother based on the caffeine included per mug. For instance, let’s assume 1 mug of coffee contains 250ml of caffeine.

In this way, a range of 300-750mg is estimated the amount of caffeine which is found in 3 to 7 mugs of instant coffee or 2 to 5 mugs of much stronger coffee.

However, in deciding how much coffee might affect your baby, first of all, you will have to observe the signs of caffeine sensitivity in the child. The signs of caffeine sensitivity in kids are explained above. Just observe your child accordingly if you have a caffeine addiction.

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