Green Tea and Breastfeeding

by Isabelle
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Are there any contraindications with drinking green tea and breastfeeding?

Answer;

Isabelle, the only concern is that green tea contains caffeine. Caffeine may pass over to baby and cause insomnia and irritation. So I generally don't encourage drinking green tea when breastfeeding.

Decaffeinated green tea (unless it is Co2) is of limited use because most industrial decaffeination process ends up destroying one third of the nutrition.

I haven't tried Co2 decaf before and really don't know if it is as good as it is made out to be.

Decaffeinated Green Tea

The best bet is herbal tea, which does not contain caffeine.

An oolong tea which can been infused many times is also helpful. Using a DIY method, you can skip the first couple 5-minute infusion and drink the later infusions, as caffeine is very soluble.

DIY Decaffeination

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May 06, 2011
Other Concerns
by: Michelle

Green Tea contains tannins, which have been shown to inhibit the absorption of folic acid and iron.

Since these are vital to a developing baby, caffeine is not the main concern. It generally contains less caffeine than coffee, and coffee is not restricted by most practitioners.

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