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Are Energy Drinks Safe While Breastfeeding?

I am breastfeeding my daughter and concerned about drinking one of the energy drinks. I know to be concerned about the amount of caffeine contained - but I am wondering if I need to be cautious about other elements? How long should I wait to nurse - or pump my milk

Kolene Moore | Other Provider

Kolene Moore

The caffeine content of energy drinks is certainly something to be aware of. The effects on infants varies by child - be aware of signs of overstimulation including rapid heart rate, fussiness and insomnia. Each infant reacts differently. The Caffeine Informer offers a listing of the caffeine content of drinks by brand name and type

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Greg Severson | Pediatrician

Greg Severson

I caution that caffeine crosses through breast milk to an infant. A breastfeeding mother should be aware of the following:

  • An infant receives 0.06-1.5% of the maternal dose of caffeine through breast milk.
  • The half life (time it takes to decrease the blood level of a drug) of caffeine is:
    • 4.9 hours in an adult
    • 97.5 hours in newborns
    • 14 hours in a 3-5 month old infant
    • 2.6 hours in 6 month or older infants   

I recommend a nursing mother have no more than 2 cups of coffee a day.

As a sleep-deprived mom, energy drinks may sound like a great solution. Many energy drinks, however, contain herbal supplements and unusual ingredients which may not be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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