Many women, after a rigorous departure from all kinds of stimulants during pregnancy, wonder if they can afford a coffee, beer or a cigarette while breastfeeding. We advise whether drinking caffeinated beverages, alcohol and smoking while breastfeeding are safe.
Drinking coffee and breastfeeding
Many mothers, who loved to drink coffee before pregnancy, wonder if they can afford to drink this aromatic drink while feeding their baby. It turns out that coffee – due to the presence of caffeine in the composition – is not recommended for a nursing mother, at least in the first two months of feeding, which have the most significant impact on building the child’s immunity. What’s more, during the first month of life, coffee is deposited in the baby’s body without being excreted. This translates into abdominal pain and sleep problems in the infant. After the third month of the baby’s life, a nursing mother can afford a maximum of 200-300 ml of coffee.
Alcohol and breastfeeding
Can a breastfeeding mother afford a beer, a glass of wine or a drink? Consumption of alcohol while breastfeeding is associated with impaired milk flow. It is worth paying attention to the symptoms in a milk-fed child in which there is alcohol. Such a toddler may be weak, sleepy, and have problems with overall development and weight gain. One unproven theories is that drinking beer increases the amount of breast milk in the mother. Scientists strongly advise against consuming this drink in order to increase milk production, as alcohol has unpleasant consequences for the toddler.
Smoking while breastfeeding
Nicotine and other ingredients in cigarettes are addictive substances that have a detrimental effect not only on the mother, but also on the baby being fed by the smoker. Smoking and breastfeeding mutually exclusive, because milk containing toxic substances is extremely dangerous to the baby’s health. Babies whose mothers smoke while nursing suffer from disturbed sleep, high heart rate and respiratory problems. Toddlers have to deal with otitis media much more often, which can even lead to deafness. Smoking while breastfeeding is also associated with a higher risk of cot death at the baby. In addition, nicotine can interfere with the lactation process, so the smoker may not be able to feed her baby.
If you are a mom who smokes cigarettes and wants to feed her baby, or you know such a woman, be sure to offer her a way to quit smoking. She can use the Recigar preparation, thanks to which it will be easier for her to forget about the craving for nicotine. Smoking and breastfeeding are forbidden combinations, so it is advisable for a woman who smokes to quit smoking, at least during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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