Can my baby drink coffee?
No. You cannot and should not give your baby coffee.
The American Academy of Pediatricians does not recommend giving your baby coffee or any energy drinks.
The academy recommends introducing nutritiously rich foods to your baby’s diet when they are six months old. The food provides an additional source of nutrition for your baby, to complement their breast milk or formula, which they have been taking until this point.
Your baby’s breast milk or formula should remain your baby’s primary source of nutrition, with the food being a secondary source of nutrition.
Coffee contains caffeine
Caffeine is a drug. A drug is a medicine or substance that has physiological effects on the body when it is ingested.
Caffeine qualifies as a drug because it works to stimulate your baby’s nervous system and can overstimulate your baby. It gives them a temporal energy boost(https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/caffeine.html). This energy boost makes your baby restless, and this restlessness is very uncomfortable for your baby. They become irritable because they don’t have enough of an outlet via mobility to eliminate the excess energy.
Your baby will become very irritable and inconsolable, which will make for an uncomfortable day for everyone as your baby has to wait for the caffeine to flush out of their system.
If you have given your baby caffeine, check with your pediatrician about giving them a quarter of a teaspoon of calcium bentonite clay in water or diatomaceous earth. Not to be overdone, calcium bentonite clay helps reduce digestive distress, nausea, and other body discomforts. It is used as a body detox and works for those that use it. It is important to remember that bentonite clay can cause constipation if not used appropriately.
Coffee has no nutritional value for your baby.
There is no reason to serve your baby coffee because its dangers far outweigh its benefits for your baby’s health and wellbeing.
Coffee only contains 11% riboflavin or vitamin B12. It contains 6% vitamin B5, 3% of manganese and potassium, and only 2% of magnesium and niacin. It has a limited profile providing very little nutritional value in comparison to the amount of caffeine. The caffeine only serves to stimulate your baby by acting on their nervous system and making your baby uncomfortable.
The caffeine in coffee can also stimulate your baby’s nervous system to break down body fat, which only serves to make your baby underweight and unhealthy. Your baby needs fat for proper body growth and brain development.
Treat coffee as an adult drink.
You wouldn’t give your baby alcohol. Treat coffee the same way. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows down a person’s body functions. Even though alcohol is made from fermented grains, you wouldn’t give it to your baby or child because it is considered an adult drink that has adverse effects on a person.
Think of coffee the same way when it comes to your baby’s health. There are so many other child-friendly alternatives that greatly benefit your baby. Your baby does not need to drink coffee.
Serve your baby child-friendly drinks.
There are so many child-friendly drinks you can serve your baby. You can make your baby smoothies using yogurt, their milk, or formula and add fruit like pineapple, oranges, raspberries, blueberries, mango, banana, and food processed graham crackers or shortbread for texture once your baby is eight months that they will enjoy. These will also keep your baby healthy.
Homemade chocolate milk for your baby
You can also make your baby homemade chocolate milk by using cacao powder, which can be bitter but can be balanced with the addition of maple syrup or agave nectar, creating a chocolate syrup that you can refrigerate.
Only add your baby’s milk to a teaspoon of the syrup in a 4oz cup for a nice cup of chocolate milk. You can also warm the milk for cold days.
Juicing fruit for your baby
Another child-friendly drink can also be made into popsicles. You can make your baby a nice homemade juice without additives and high fructose corn syrup or preservatives by juicing your baby’s fruit. You can use a fruit juicer, which is the most effective way to extract the juice from most fruits for your baby’s benefit. Or even get creative and make your baby tasty drinks.
Popsicles for your baby
You can blend your baby’s fruit with water, breast milk, formula, or yogurt, then place it into popsicle molds to shape the popsicle, which you will freeze. These provide a great treat that also provides your baby with great nutritional value.
There are many fruits you can use to make your baby’s popsicles. These include but are not limited to pure grape juice, pineapple, mango, strawberries, green or red apples. It all comes down to varying your baby’s treats. These fruits are high in nutrition that meets your baby’s daily nutritional needs.
Cultures that practice coffee drinking don’t serve babies coffee
There are several cultures around the world with whom coffee is a traditional drink that has been part of the social fabric of their culture for hundreds of years.
The Ethiopian culture is one such culture that holds a coffee ceremony where coffee is ground, served, and shared. It is a hallmark of Ethiopian culture and is reserved for adults.
Babies are not given coffee, even in cultures where it has been drinking for hundreds of years. It is not a child’s drink.
It is important to select the food you will serve your baby carefully. All the food you serve your baby should provide nutritional benefits for your baby. Your baby is growing, and they are growing fast. Therefore they need food to provide their growing bodies with the minerals, vitamins, and compounds they need to support their growth and ensure their health.
Remember that feeding your baby is about providing nutrition to support their bodies and create healthy habits as they grow older.