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Study Says Caffeine Intake While Breastfeeding Harms Baby

by Sheela Philomena on February 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM
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 Study Says Caffeine Intake While Breastfeeding Harms Baby

Breastfeeding mothers pass on caffeine in coffee to their babies, says expert. Caffeine intake triggers wakefulness and irritability in infants.

Ruth Lawrence, a paediatrician from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, told Jack E. James, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Caffeine Research, that "usually a mother, particularly if she is breastfeeding, is cautioned to limit her caffeine intake".

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After giving birth, mothers "should consume all things in moderation and try to avoid the excesses that might really add up to a lot of caffeine," which the babies are unable to excrete, Lawrence added, according to a Journal of Caffeine Research statement.

Caffeine is found in a wide range of products in addition to coffee, tea, and chocolate, including soft drinks, sports drinks, and some over-the-counter medications.

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