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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Jasmine Scented Tea and Breastfeeding

I would like to give a gift of Jasmine flower tea to my daughter to celebrate the birth of her daughter, Jasmine, but am concerned about the possible effects of jasmine flower tea during breastfeeding.

Answer:


Hey, most jasmine teas we talk about are green teas that have been scented with jasmine. So they would contain caffeine and will not be appropriate for a breastfeeding woman.

If the tea you talk about is pure jasmine flower i.e. does not contain any green tea - that it will be okay, as it wouldn't contain any caffeine.

I hope this helps.

Julian

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Mar 08, 2010
Neither jasmine nor green tea recommended
by: Anonymous

I would recommend staying away from both jasmine and green tea.

- Jasmine: Jasmine has been used for ages in India to reduce the flow of breastmilk. There is also some recent scientific evidence that use of the flower does reduce milk production.

- Green tea: Green tea counteracts folic acid, the vitamin that pregnant women are encouraged to take to prevent birth defects. It is also not recommended during breastfeeding, but this is not simply due to the caffeine (which is okay in small amounts).

Hope this helps!

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Green Tea For Breastfeeding and Nursing Mother

by Tamnna
(Pakistan)

Hello my weight is 91 kg height is 5.2. Also I am a nursing mother so can I use green tea?

Answer:

Tamma, green tea is not recommended for nursing/breastfeeding mother as it contains caffeine which may cause sleeplessness in baby.

I hope this helps.
Julian

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