Fluid Requirements While Breastfeeding Increase. How To Get Enough Fluids While Breastfeeding.

The proper amount of fluids is important no matter what age you are or what stage of life you may...
The proper amount of fluids is important no matter what age you are or what stage of life you may be in. However, amounts do vary depending on circumstance. For example, if you're breastfeeding your baby, you'll need more fluids than the typical adult usually needs. While breastfeeding, most women need about 13 cups of fluid daily, and many women drink even more as breastfeeding has a tendency to make you thirsty. Adequate breast milk supply depends on various factors, such as frequency of breastfeeding session and the support you (the mama gets). Some, but not all, research shows that proper fluids may also help maintain adequate breast milk supply. Even if this turned out to be bunk, breast milk is about 88% water, and it's a lot of work to be a new mama. Drinking plenty of fluids can help you stay hydrated, avoid night sweats, and you'll feel better overall. Also, fluids help cut down on bloating, something many new mamas feel. In order to get plenty of fluids, about 13 cups per day, or more if you're thirsty, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends the following:
  • Keep water, low-fat or fat-free milk or juice handy. Meaning, get a drink before you sit down to nurse. It's tough to get up during a breastfeeding session.
  • Start a new habit where you drink a glass of water or milk after each nursing session.
My suggestions: I've never been a great water drinker. I'll forget or want something better tasting or loose track of my intake. If it's hard for you to drink enough too, try some of my tactics...
  • Keep a fluid log. Nothing fancy, simply jot down each time you drink a glass of water, milk or juice. Having a visual reminder can really help.
  • Add a splash of lemon, lime or other citrus to a pitcher of water, let it sit in the fridge. Super chilly fruit infused water tastes way more exciting than plain ol' water.
  • Carry an awesome water bottle. Pick one that's so cool, you don't leave it somewhere.
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