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
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 typeRead more answers by Dr. Moore
Greg Severson | Pediatrician
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.Read more answers by Dr. Severson