Drs: Drinking Alcohol & Caffeine While Breastfeeding + TJ Hodges

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The Doctors: Nursing & Drinking Alcohol Or Caffeine

AJ Cook, actress and star of Criminal Minds, joined The Doctors to ask breast specialist Dr Kristi Funk about breastfeeding. AJ recognized that there is a lot of misinformation out there, and wanted to know the truth about how much of what she drinks gets into her breast milk. She explained that she loves caffeine, but didn’t drink any while nursing because she was concerned about feeding it to her son. Dr Funk explained that you don’t actually have to pump and dump, but instead what you need is time. The same goes for if you want to have a glass of wine. Dr Funk added that the breast milk will actually naturally rid itself of alcohol and caffeine.

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If you want to enjoy a drink while breastfeeding, Dr Funk suggested you nurse or pump right away. It will be 2-3 hours per drink before you can safely nurse again. One drink is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of liquor. When it comes to drinking caffeine, Dr Funk reported that you can actually have up to five cups of coffee safely as long as the baby is over 3-weeks-old. But to be truly safe, keep it at two cups of coffee a day or 16 total ounces, which is around 300 milligrams of caffeine.

Drs: Drinking Alcohol & Caffeine While Breastfeeding + TJ Hodges

Do you know how much alcohol or caffeine is safe to drink while breastfeeding? It’s important to know your limits to avoid putting your baby at risk! (motheringtouch / Flickr)

If only I had known this two years ago when I cut down from a pot of coffee a day to just one cup! Did you give up any foods or drinks while breastfeeding out of fear?

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The Doctors: Country Singer JT Hodges Health Secrets

Next, country singer JT Hodges took The Doctors on the road with him to show how he manages to stay healthy with his busy schedule. Constantly being on the road can certainly take its toll on your body, and after a little while, JT knew he needed to take better care of his health and make smarter choices. His wife Kasey helped him transform his diet, which now includes whole grains and fresh vegetables. He also loves guacamole and hummus and Kasey explained that simple and healthy is typically how they describe their diet.

When it comes to exercise, JT uses workouts that he can do no matter where he is, which means a lot of body weight movements. Really all you need is your own body to get your heart rate up! The cameras also followed JT to the Sweathouse, where he laid in an infrared pod that reportedly helps him burn 400-600 calories in 30 minutes, instead of sitting in a sauna. He then performed at the Grand ‘Ole Opry in Nashville, clearly looking and feeling great!

JT then explained that he loves tabata workouts, which are exercises that implement full-effort 20 second intervals broken up by 10-second rest periods. Whether it’s burpees, squats, jumping jacks, or another body weight exercise, tabata is a way to cut your workout time in half without sacrificing hard work and results.

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