Okay, obviously there’s no contest – my baby comes first and if my beloved caffeinated beverages are giving him a tummy ache (thanks to breastfeeding) I’ll learn to survive without it. But wow, it’s HARD when you’re not getting enough sleep and are trying to keep tabs on a toddler and a baby all day and night.
It’s particularly hard this morning. Isaac awakened every hour last night needing either a feeding or burping or just wanting to be awake. At 3:30 a.m. it took me an hour and a half to get him back to sleep by rocking him in our glider. So this morning I feel like I’m barely making it.
And boy would a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha SO hit the spot right now!
But alas, it seems that coffee and my little one’s stomach do not agree.
And isn’t it a cruel trick that Starbucks JUST sent me a postcard good for one free drink because it’s my birthday?
No, you can’t have it. I’ll get a non-caffeinated something later… ;-)
Anyway, after trying three or four times to make sure that coffee really was the culprit making Isaac fussy and inconsolable, I quit drinking it. I even tried watering the coffee WAY down and adding creamer so that it was just very weak, but it still bothered him.
Next I decided to try black tea as a substitute – less caffeine, ya know. But unfortunately, he was fussy afterward.
Next I tried Pepsi. That bothers him, too.
What else can I possibly try? Will I have to give up on all forms of caffeine while breastfeeding? It did seem that there were a couple of times I drank a caffeinated beverage and it didn’t hurt him so I’m wondering what I did differently. Maybe eating something with it? I don’t know…
Now I know that being addicted to caffeine isn’t a good thing anyway – the high and low you get from being a caffeine junkie is bad for your body. But saying goodbye to something you’ve looked forward to every morning for years is tough. And now I tend to worry about everything I’m eating hurting Isaac so that makes it all that much harder.
What I want to do is find a substitute… maybe a yogurt drink in the morning? If that doesn’t hurt him, of course. Maybe iced green tea – I love that during the summer.
What did you do if your caffeine habit gave your baby colic?
A friend suggested I go with decaf coffee but I’m not actually sure it’s the caffeine so much as the acid in the coffee. I would still like to try it, though. What do you think?