Can You Drink Kombucha While Breastfeeding?

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By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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Yes, you can typically drink kombucha while breastfeeding, but there are a few factors to consider. Kombucha is a type of fermented tea, praised for its probiotic properties that can potentially support gut health. 

However, the fermentation process of kombucha can lead to trace amounts of alcohol, usually less than 0.5%, but this may vary between brands. Although such a small amount of alcohol is not likely to cause harm, it's a factor worth considering if you're breastfeeding.

Additionally, kombucha is often made with tea that naturally contains caffeine. While moderate amounts of caffeine (up to 300 mg per day) are generally considered safe during breastfeeding according to the CDC 1 , excessive caffeine consumption may lead to irritability or sleep disturbances in some infants.

There isn't extensive research specific to kombucha and breastfeeding, so it's always wise to consume in moderation and consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns

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  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention"Maternal Diet"https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-special-circumstances/diet-and-micronutrients/maternal-diet.html#:~:text=and%20breastfeeding.-,Caffeine%3A,-Caffeine%20passes%20from.


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Can You Drink Kombucha While Breastfeeding?

 Krystal Duhaney Profile Photo
By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
Image for article Can You Drink Kombucha While Breastfeeding?

Yes, you can typically drink kombucha while breastfeeding, but there are a few factors to consider. Kombucha is a type of fermented tea, praised for its probiotic properties that can potentially support gut health. 

However, the fermentation process of kombucha can lead to trace amounts of alcohol, usually less than 0.5%, but this may vary between brands. Although such a small amount of alcohol is not likely to cause harm, it's a factor worth considering if you're breastfeeding.

Additionally, kombucha is often made with tea that naturally contains caffeine. While moderate amounts of caffeine (up to 300 mg per day) are generally considered safe during breastfeeding according to the CDC 1 , excessive caffeine consumption may lead to irritability or sleep disturbances in some infants.

There isn't extensive research specific to kombucha and breastfeeding, so it's always wise to consume in moderation and consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention"Maternal Diet"https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-special-circumstances/diet-and-micronutrients/maternal-diet.html#:~:text=and%20breastfeeding.-,Caffeine%3A,-Caffeine%20passes%20from.


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