Quoting Jynefir Dyan:
Caffine stays in an adult for 4 hours. It stays in an infant for 86 hours.
I would wait at least 3 months, but after that I think it would be okay in moderation,(So maybe once or twice a month) Long enough for it all to get out of there system, and I believe it is less of a hazzard than Alcohol or nicottene.
Here is what I found on Kelly Mom,
Most breastfeeding mothers can drink caffeine in moderation. Some babies, particularly those under 6 months, may be more sensitive to mom's caffeine intake. Babies whose mothers avoided caffeine completely during pregnancy seem to react more to caffeine in mom's diet. Even if baby is sensitive to the caffeine now, he may not be when he's a little older -- so if you do have to stop or limit your caffeine intake, you can try again when baby is older.
Caffeine is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use in breastfeeding mothers. Per Medications and Mother's Milk (Hale 2002, p. 100-102) caffeine is in Lactation Risk Category L2 (safer); milk levels are quite low (0.06-1.5% of maternal dose) and usually peak 1 hour after ingestion. One study has indicated that chronic coffee drinking might decrease iron content of breastmilk (Nehlig & Debry, 1994).
If your baby is sensitive to caffeine, it will typically become less of an issue as baby gets older. Newborns have a much harder time metabolizing caffeine than older infants. Preterm or ill infants might also have more problems with mom's caffeine intake.
Half-Life of Caffeine
Newborn 65-130 hours [2.7-5.4 days]
3 - 5 months approx. 14 hours
4-9 months 3-7 hours
Adult 3-7 hours
References: USP DI 2001, Hale 2002
Is baby sensitive to my caffeine intake?
According to the Breastfeeding Answer Book (LLLI 2003, p. 599-600), excessive caffeine consumption by the mother (more than 750 mL per day) can result in a baby who shows signs of caffeine stimulation. "A baby who is being overstimulated by caffeine is a wide-eyed, active, alert baby who doesn't sleep for long. He may also be unusually fussy."
If your baby seems particularly wakeful or fussy and there is a significant amount of caffeine in your diet, you might want to cut back or stop the caffeine for 2-3 weeks to see if it makes a difference. If you cut out caffeine, consider decreasing it slowly since abruptly stopping caffeine can result in headaches or other symptoms.
If caffeine stimulation is a problem for baby, it may take a few days to a week after mom eliminates caffeine for baby to become less fussy.
I just looked it up on Kellymom.com: caffine stays in your system for 3-7 hours. And it says any consumption over 750mL/ day is ill advised. I'm not sure how much 250 mg of caffine (the ammount of caffine in your energy drink, yeah I looked that up too, lol) converts to mL is though...
Edit: Jamil's mom you got to it before me :P
wanted to add
How much caffeine is too much?
Watching your baby is the only way to get an individual answer to this question. As stated above, the amount of caffeine that might affect baby will vary widely depending upon the specific baby and the baby's age and health. The estimate we often hear is "less than five 5-oz cups of coffee" or 500 mg/day. Various sources suggest an upper limit for caffeine intake ranging from 300-750 mg/day.
I have not had any caffine, or alchol and probably wont until I wean my son... (Which makes me kinda sad since I will be BFing for a while longer and I would love to have an energy drink... but for me.. One wouldn't be enough it would start the cycle all over again....
thanks to all who had helpful information for me!
i drink dr peppers and other caffeinated things now so i dont think that will effect him too heavily.. well just wait and see on the energy drinks tho.. ill ask my dr i guess too.
Babies R Us sells these test strips that tell you when your breastmilk is free of toxins. so if you freeze or refridgerate some of your milk then have a night of fun with a few drinks or whatever you can know when your breastmilk is safe again. everybodies metabolism works differently and different drinks have different %s of alcohol so it may take longer depending on how strong the drink is and obviously, how much of it you have.
OK, first off no alcohol consumption is good at all for your baby or while breastfeeding. Smoking is the same. You will hear a lot of nonsense about "you're allowed 1 glass of wine and bla bla bla"......Women that smoke during pregnany or a lot while breastfeeding may cause SIDS to their babies. And women who consume alcohol during pregnancy cause FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). It is best to stay clear from alcohol while breastfeeding since it enters your bloodstream and passes through breastmilk. Now for the energy drinks, that's how I found this site. I was researching energy drinks and breastfeeding. My DR says no, im a nurse myself and I shouldnt be but really how bad can an energy drink be, right. My opinion, drink in moderation. Maybe only half the smallest can of Monster, for example. ^o^ Good luck to all you expectant already mommies and soon to be mommies. Take lots of pics since they grow fast!!
Quoting rebeccaleighd:“ Babies R Us sells these test strips that tell you when your breastmilk is free of toxins. so if you freeze ... [snip!] ... have different %s of alcohol so it may take longer depending on how strong the drink is and obviously, how much of it you have.”
More info on the strips please !!!
Also to the OP . I I don't know about caffine like how long it stays in yer system . But I did post something about weed an bf an ended up wit a lot of info re nicotine, alck an weed an how long it stays in yer system ....
Hang in there tho !