When new moms are having issues trying to get their infants to sleep they begin to look at all the possible causes. Of course the first concern is, is there something wrong with the babe medically? When this fear is put to rest then other areas are looked at. Once area that has been of great debate is that of mom’s who drink coffee during their pregnancy or when they are breastfeeding, and could this be the source of the baby’s sleeplessness.
Well research is indicating that this is not likely to be the case however, that doesn’t mean that excessive amount of coffee should be consumed anyway.
Here is an excerpt dealing with moms, coffee and the little ones…
…Moms caffeine not linked to infant sleep problems…”NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A baby’s sleep may not suffer just because her mom likes a daily cup of coffee, a new study suggests.
The findings, experts say, don’t give the OK to heavy caffeine intake during pregnancy or breastfeeding. But they are in line with research suggesting that moderate amounts of caffeine may not pose a danger.
Small studies over the years have come to mixed conclusions on whether caffeine during pregnancy was linked to increased risks of miscarriage or premature birth.
But more recently, larger studies have failed to show any heightened risk. And in 2010, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said that 200 milligrams of caffeine a day — about the amount in a 12-ounce cup of coffee — probably did not carry pregnancy risks.
But not much has been known about whether caffeine, during pregnancy or breastfeeding, might disturb new babies’ sleep.
For their study, Dr. Ina Santos and her colleagues at Federal University of Pelotas, in Brazil, interviewed 885 new moms. The women answered questions about their caffeine intake and their infants’ sleep habits at the age of three months.
All but one of the mothers said they drank caffeinated beverages during pregnancy. About 20 percent were considered heavy consumers during pregnancy — downing at least 300 mg per day. And just over 14 percent reported a heavy caffeine intake three months after giving birth.
Overall, the researchers found no clear link between moms’ caffeine intake and their likelihood of reporting infant sleep problems.”…continue reading…
At least knowing what isn’t causing your baby’s sleeping problem is a start. It is hard to set rules as to just how much sleep a baby requires. Every little one is different and there are guidelines. Rather than trying to determine what the problem is based on what others are experiencing, try focusing on what’s happening with your baby. It may be something that nobody has come across yet. Perhaps the home is too noisy or too quiet. By trying to remain calm and work through the issues while at the same time focusing on some aids to help soothe the little one into a restful sleep it will not be quite so frustrating for you.