Many people enjoy chocolate. Breastfeeding mothers are not uncommon to crave chocolate. Nursing mothers might consider whether they should eat chocolate, or if it is better to avoid chocolate altogether.

Caffeine, a psychostimulant can be passed through breast milk to your baby if it is consumed in excess. Babies are sensitive and can become irritable, fussy, or sleepless if they consume too much caffeine.

Continue reading to learn more about the different components of chocolate and how they affect babies. We also discuss why you should avoid chocolate-mixed foods during lactation.

Chocolate Components

  • It doesn’t take much to introduce chocolate! It is usually a sweet food made from ground Theobroma cacao seed.
  • Chocolate liquor, cocoa butter and added sugar are the main ingredients in chocolate.
  • It is rich in carbohydrates, fats and vitamins.

Can You Eat Chocolate While Breastfeeding

You can have chocolate while breastfeeding. You should limit the amount of chocolate you eat as it can be high in sugar and fats, and it has very little nutritional value. A healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables is essential for a breastfeeding mother. As a treat, you may eat small amounts of sugary and processed foods. This will allow you to be healthy enough to care for your baby.

Avoid chocolate if the side effects of breastfeeding are severe.

  • Restlessness
  • Rashes due to allergy to dairy products
  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Refusal to milk

Stop chocolate consumption temporarily if your baby experiences any of these side effects. Otherwise, consult a pediatrician.

Caffeine In Chocolate And Breastfeeding

  • A nursing baby may be affected by chocolate for many reasons, but the primary reason is caffeine.
  • Breast milk contains less than 1% of the caffeine that is absorbed by mothers. This would mean that it would peak within an hour.
  • High caffeine intake can make babies more irritable.
  • A mother who is (1) might find caffeine to be affecting her letdown reflex or worsening nipple vasospasm.
Dark chocolate (70-85% cocoa solids) 1oz 23mg
Milk chocolate 1.55oz 9mg
Frozen yogurt or coffee ice cream 8oz 2mg
Hot cocoa 8oz 8-12mg
Chocolate chips, semisweet 4oz 53mg
Chocolate milk 8oz 5-8mg

How High Caffeine Consumption Can Impact Breastfeeding Babies?

The half-life of a substance is the amount of time it takes for its concentration to be reduced by half. Half-life of caffeine in infants (2) is high, making it hard for them to fall asleep .

Theobromine in Chocolate and Breastfeeding

If the mother consumes regular amounts of chocolate, theobromine should not be a concern for the baby who is nursing. The study found that the baby could consume about 10mg of theobromine per day if the mother consumed a 4-ounce bar of chocolate every six hours, and the milk had the highest concentration ( 3).

Are White or Dark Chocolate Better for Breastfeeding?

A small amount of dark chocolate is more nutritious than white chocolate. Flavonoids and less sugar in dark chocolate than white chocolate are good for the heart . White chocolate is highly processed, and has high amounts of sugar.

Do you need to avoid chocolate-mixed foods when breastfeeding?

  • You can take chocolate-mixed foods such as chocolate cookies, chocolate icecreams, chocolate cakes, and chocolate almond milk occasionally. You should eat nutritious food for your health and your baby’s nutrition.
  • Some babies might be allergic to cow’s milk, or have egg allergies. You should avoid chocolate and dairy products in such cases.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the safest amount of caffeine I can consume while I’m breastfeeding?

Each baby has a different caffeine tolerance. You should adjust your intake to suit your baby’s needs. You should be watching for signs such as irritability and inability to fall asleep.

2. Can I use a chocolate laxative while breastfeeding?

Some medications, such as chocolate laxative, can be passed into breastmilk. Before using any of these medications, consult your doctor.

3. Can I drink hot chocolate during breastfeeding?

Limiting caffeine intake to one cup per day is possible.

I hope you enjoy your chocolates, but take care! Please leave your comments below if you would like to share your experience.

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