Fact: Moms need coffee.
Fact: Babies don’t react as well to caffeine as most sleep-deprived moms of new babies do 😉
So … what to do with this supposed conundrum?
Most new moms struggle with the idea of giving up caffeine for the 40 weeks of pregnancy (some even give it up while trying to fall pregnant) and then they presume they need to give it up for the duration of breastfeeding too. The published effects of caffeine on a foetus and then on a newborn baby vary from publication to publication and rather than risk it (we become sooooo cautious with little people onboard), that most moms and moms-to-be steer clear of caffeine. And generally, we believe that no caffeine equals tasteless bland coffee.
Strangely enough, the intensity of a coffee does not depend on the percentage of caffeine, but on the perception of roast, as well as the level of body and bitterness. The coffee body is how it feels on the palate, its consistency and weight as perceived when you swoosh the coffee around in your mouth. It’s almost a tactile impression and contributes to the coffee richness. It’s one of coffee’s major characteristics, along with acidity, bitterness, sweetness, aroma and aftertaste. A full-bodied coffee is dense, less watery. So decaffeinated coffee is not the end of the world … in fact, it’s opening a door to a guilt-free world of coffee appreciation 😉
And yes, new moms or moms-to-be can still enjoy caffeine on occasion, but try not to overdo it.
When the vitamin C (Caffeine, in this case) enters your bloodstream, less than 1% ends up in your breast-milk. The amount in your milk peaks a couple of hours after you consume it. A newborn’s body can’t easily break down and get rid of caffeine, it may accumulate in his system. After 3 months, this is even less of an issue, as the baby’s body is able to process and get rid of caffeine easier. They say that a moderate amount of caffeine (no more than 300 milligrams per day, or the amount in about 470ml of brewed coffee) is fine for nursing moms and should cause no changes in most babies’ behavior. But drinking more than two or three cups of caffeinated coffee a day may cause one or both of you to become agitated or irritable and can contribute to sleeping issues.
And note, caffeine is not ONLY found in coffee, so make sure you do your caffeine-counting with taking into account that tea also contains caffeine:
|coffee, generic brewed||240ml||95-200 mg|
|espresso, generic||30ml||64 mg|
|coffee, generic instant||1 tsp granules||31 mg|
|coffee, generic decaffeinated||240ml||2 mg|
*Info adapted from Source: BabyCenter.com
So, here at Modern Mommy, we believe that moms need good coffee. In fact, we see coffee as a vital part of your child-raising kit and we’d like to share the love this December and give YOU (whether you’re a mom or not as we have heard that many of you read the blog just because) a chance to win one of these incredible little machines.
Also, just so you know exactly what goes into Nespresso’s decaffeination process: It’s a process which respects the environment and your health. They use two expert methods to decaffeinate their decaffeinated Grands Crus. These ensure that they look after their customers’ health and the environment, while preserving the character of the bean so they can offer a rich, aromatic profile.
Nespresso removes over 99.9% of the caffeine from green coffee by using water as solvent. This is known as the Swiss Water® Process of decaffeination. Green coffee grains are soaked in hot water in order to dissolve the caffeine. The decaffeinated beans are then dried while active carbon is used to absorb the caffeine from the water. The dried beans are soaked again in the water now free of caffeine. This process is repeated until the beans are 99.9% caffeine free. Finally, the green coffee beans are dried, roasted and then ground.
The residual caffeine content in Nespresso decaffeinated blends is below 0.1%, in accordance with all regulatory requirements. The decaffeinated varieties undergo the same quality controls applied to all Nespresso Grands Crus blends.
About the machine up for grabs!!!
“Nespresso has looked to the skylines of the world’s most loved cities to inspire the refreshed design of its equally iconic CitiZ machine range. Since its launch in 2009, the CitiZ machine has been appreciated by premium coffee and design fans across the globe thanks to its simple interface, stunning design and consistently excellent coffee extraction. Now, advocates of the machine model will be thrilled to see the refreshed design with sleek, premium finishes that were inspired by iconic city landmarks. Optimised for urban living, the refreshed CitiZ machine design will be the perfect accompaniment for any modern kitchen with its slim proportions and classic styling. Among the new design features is a new island base for the Aeroccino milk frother on the CitiZ&Milk model which means that less kitchen worktop space is used, perfect for those with confined spaces or in city dwellings.
Premium finishes and an updated capsule container design add to the machine updates, ensuring that CitiZ will continue to be one of Nespresso’s most iconic machines and a ‘must have’ for any coffee lover. The updated CitiZ design applies to the CitiZ&Milk which includes an integrated Aeroccino milk frother. With subtle references to city buildings and hints of retro minimalism, the original CitiZ range has a strong personality making it a classic in the Nespresso machine family. The updated design includes the user-friendly features that coffee aficionados have come to expect: Two cup sizes: Espresso and Lungo- programmable with automatic flow stop
Fast heat up time (25 seconds)
Automatic switch off after 9 minutes”
All we want you to do is tell us below which your favourite Nespresso coffee capsule is below in the comment section or even a product feature of the machine. See above if you need a clue as to the names of the Grand Cru’s/ product features or look carefully at our pictures) and stand a chance of having a great festive season by becoming the proud owner of this fabulous Nespresso starter kit valued at +-R 5000.00. My daughter and I had fun shooting the product and gave it her approval 😉
Lots of love and light,
xx MoMo AKA JoJo AKA Jo-Ann