Energy drinks are controversial for everyone, not just for breastfeeding mothers. But as a nursing woman, you should pay that much more attention to everything you eat or drink as well as the rest of the aspects in your daily life.
Energy drinks are made of caffeine and other chemicals, including sugar, that will offer you the energy boost you need. While this might be safe from you every now and then, would it be safe for your baby?
This is a question that most nursing mothers wonder about.
You can enjoy the benefits of an energy drink if you are breastfeeding as long as you do it in moderation. Too much of these drinks will give you a high level of caffeine and sugar that could have side effects for both you and your baby.
C) Breastfeeding with Caffeine with Pre-Existing Conditions
If you suffer from health conditions such as arrhythmias, digestive problems, or anxiety, you should reduce your caffeine intake even more. In these cases, energy drinks (Red Bull, Taurine, etc.) and other caffeinated drinks can increase the unpleasant side effects of your pre-existing condition.
While you can consume energy drinks in moderation, if you are breastfeeding, you should try to avoid them as much as possible.
They are not a healthy option for you or your baby. Even if the side effects are mild and sometimes not even present, chances are that sooner or later, you will develop an unhealthy addiction to these drinks.
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