This is how much a moderate intake of caffeine effects your breastmilk
Breastfeeding mums are given a lot of dietary tips.
I know when I was breastfeeding my daughter I was given a list of foods to eat for better milk production. I was also given a list of foods to avoid or at least cup back on. One of those things to cut back on being caffeine.
Now anyone that knows me knows I love my tea. I've given up on trying to count how many cups I consume in a day. During pregnancy I cut back a lot and was looking back to my regular routine once the baby was born. Little did I know the caffeine reduction would have to continue.
Luckily for me, it wasn't an all-out caffeine ban. In fact experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics recently took a look at how a moderate intake of caffeine can effect breastmilk.
This post by Friends of Breastfeeding shows the findings in a straightforward infographic and you might find their conclusion surprising.
The study found that an average intake of two to three cups of caffeine a day had little or no effect on a breastfed baby.
It also discovered that only approximately one to three per cent of a mother's caffeine intake actually makes it to her milk at all.
So if you love a cuppa, fear not you can still have a brew with a nice biccie of two.