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    Question Caffeine

    I want to start off saying that I pump while at work and freeze the milk for later use (rotate milk out). My question is, if I were to drink too much caffeine in the morning and then pump and freeze, when DD drinks that bag of milk, will the caffeine still be "active"?
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    Default Re: Caffeine

    Caffeine tends to stay in your system for a while, even if you don't feel the effects. I'd say that if your LO is responding to it, it's best to not have it. Maybe switch to decaf and see how that affects her.

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    Default Re: Caffeine

    I don't think the caffeine goes away on its own, if that's what you're asking. I mean, it stays in a bottle of diet coke even if it's in your fridge for a day or two. Ditto with cold coffee. That said, I never worried about this too much with Joe. I tried to just drink one cup of coffee in the morning, and that was it. I never really noticed an effect on him. But also, he was a TERRIBLE sleeper. I resorted to coffee to try to deal with the extreme sleep deprivation after being on decaf for months.


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    Hmmmm ... Good question. You are pumping after drinking coffee so I would assume the caffeine is in the breastmilk, even if it gets frozen. We used to freeze coffee beans for freshness and it never hurt the caffeine so I figure it is the same for the breastmilk. I think the body is the only thing that can break it down and that happens in your body or the baby ... but not while in storage.

    I hope this helps. I would limit to 8 oz of coffee prior to pumping and then load up while pumping. Here is some great info on caffeine in breastmilk: http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/caffeine.html

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    Default Re: Caffeine

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lovepickles View Post
    Hmmmm ... Good question. You are pumping after drinking coffee so I would assume the caffeine is in the breastmilk, even if it gets frozen. We used to freeze coffee beans for freshness and it never hurt the caffeine so I figure it is the same for the breastmilk. I think the body is the only thing that can break it down and that happens in your body or the baby ... but not while in storage.

    I hope this helps. I would limit to 8 oz of coffee prior to pumping and then load up while pumping. Here is some great info on caffeine in breastmilk: http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/caffeine.html

    That's my thinking too.

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    Default Re: Caffeine

    Yes it would stay active in your frozen breast milk. It is not until the caffiene is metabolized in your liver that the molecule breaks down.

    A little caffiene should not hurt though.
    July 27 2011

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