800px-A_small_cup_of_coffeeMore than 15% of two-year-olds drink coffee on a regular basis. This is the finding from a study of 315 infant-mother pairs in Boston, MA. At one year of age, 2.5% of the children consumed coffee regularly. The average amount consumed daily was slightly over one ounce.

The only factors found significantly different between the coffee drinker and the non-coffee drinker was maternal ethnicity and the baby’s gender. The odds were higher if the mother was of Hispanic ethnicity and if the baby was a girl.

The effects of coffee consumption at this young age haven’t been studied much, but in older children it’s associated with an increase risk of obesity, depression, type 1 diabetes, sleep disturbance and substance abuse.

Journal of Human Lactation, 03/15

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