Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
Drinking too much of these drinks increases caffeine and clonidine intake, which excites the central nervous system, resulting in irritability, rapid breathing and heart rate, insomnia and other negative reactions. Since caffeine in the mother's body can easily pass through the placenta, your little one's bone development and other major organs may also be affected, causing low birth weight.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends pregnant women to limit their caffeine intake to a maximum of 300 mg/day. Hence, if possible, pregnant mothers should avoid drinking strong coffee. Besides, certain colas contain phosphoric substances, colourings and flavour additives that affect bone growth and calcification. In short, pregnant mothers should avoid these beverages and take warm water or mineral water instead as their main source of hydration.