When the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, it was reported that she craved tea, scones, and lavender biscuits. Now that Katherine is a mother and she is breastfeeding, she shouldn’t drink caffeine freely, as she could before her pregnancy, although she might be able to indulge in a restorative cup of tea each day. While there’s no official consensus on the topic, many doctors believe that drinking 1 to 2 cups of tea per day is safe for a nursing mother and her baby.
Many mothers feel more comfortable sticking to decaffeinated tea and tisanes. However, because herb tisanes can be used medicinally, new and expectant mothers are encouraged to proceed as slowly and carefully when considering herbal teas as they would when considering commercial pharmaceuticals. For more information about caffeine, tea, and herb safety for pregnant and nursing women, click here.
The result of all this contradictory information? A vague answer that a new mother doesn’t really want to hear: be careful and check with your doctor! Katherine will be doing the same, we can be sure!
Copyright 2013, Elizabeth Urbach.
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