When pregnant women often experience feelings of anxiety, can pregnant women eat this or eat that. The same is felt when the mother is breastfeeding. Foods with certain nutrients will help mothers in the breastfeeding process, such as foods that will help expedite breastfeeding or foods that will disrupt the breastfeeding process. Can breastfeeding mothers drink coffee and how does it affect the baby?
For those of you women who enjoy coffee who are having a noble duty, breastfeeding. You don’t need to worry you can enjoy drinking coffee as long as it is a reasonable amount. This is because the content contained in coffee is caffeine which has stimulant properties, namely being a stimulant for the body to become active so that it is difficult to rest. The impact is not felt directly by the baby but it will interfere with the health of the nursing mother if it is difficult to rest.
Trouble resting will affect the quality and quantity of your breast milk. The author of the book Breastfeeding: A Guide For the Medical Profession says that breastfeeding mothers who drink a cup of coffee a day will not have a big effect on the baby, but if more than 6 cups a day, the caffeine content in coffee will accumulate, causing disturbances in the baby’s digestive system. and also makes babies cranky.
The baby’s body is not optimal, so if a lot of caffeine gets into the baby’s body it will interfere with the baby’s digestion. The content of caffeine is not only in coffee but in various foods such as soft drinks or tea. So it is important for you to pay attention to the intake of foods containing caffeine in one day, not excessive because it will interfere with the breastfeeding process. The myth that has developed in society is that breast milk will affect the breast milk that is given even though the research conducted by breastfeeding mothers who consume coffee does not interfere with breast milk to a reasonable extent, it only affects the iron content in breast milk.
Likewise, mothers who have just given birth should reduce their consumption of drinks or foods containing caffeine, such as coffee. Drinking coffee after giving birth will have an impact on your health, so when you are going to consume coffee it is recommended that you only drink half a cup or a few spoons so that the caffeine content will not interfere with your rest time and affect milk production.
Thus for those of you who like coffee, consuming a reasonable amount when you are breastfeeding is fine as long as it is not excessive so it does not affect your health which has an impact on the quality and quantity of breast milk. (Read: Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers)