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Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

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How much liquid should I drink as a breastfeeding mother?

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 12:56 AM
So often busy mothers with new babies wonder if they are drinking enough fluid, particularly if they hear conflicting ideas, often involving a number.

A set number doesn't account for changes in the weather or your activity. For instance, in hot weather you will of course need to drink more fluid, especially water. The same applies if you start more intense physical activity, such as going to the gym or playing a sport.

A quick guide is a) to drink according to thirst and b) increase intake or water or other fluid if your urine looks darker than usual. You will probably find you are thirsty and need to drink more while you are making milk for your baby.  Many mothers now carry a water bottle so that they can take a drink anywhere, any time, to make sure they drink enough. This is a good idea as it is so easy to forget one's own needs when caring for a baby.

Drinking an excessive amount of water to try to meet a goal that doesn't suit your needs can make you feel uncomfortable, and may even hamper the milk-ejection reflex, if taken to extremes. As mentioned, the amount you need may vary according to the weather and your level of physical activity.

Besides water, don't forget that soup and other drinks, and the cow's milk added to breakfast cereal, also count as fluid intake.

Categories: How much fluid do I need?

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8 Comments

Reply Jacquie Nutt
11:07 PM on May 10, 2015 
Thanks for this article. It's always good to see information that gives no specific numbers, but instead highlights the more helpful indicators of whether things are going well or not.
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7:27 PM on March 31, 2017 
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6:46 PM on October 4, 2017 
Reply ace
11:48 AM on April 11, 2018 
nice
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8:14 AM on April 18, 2018 
thanks
Reply essay on time
7:53 AM on April 23, 2018 
Jacquie Nutt says...
Thanks for this article. It's always good to see information that gives no specific numbers, but instead highlights the more helpful indicators of whether things are going well or not.

They say that it is more nutritious and healthy when it comes from us. I'm thankful that I have enough milk to give to my baby girl. As a mom, you should consider drinking lots of water because it has good health benefits. If you are a busy mother you should learn how to manage your time in order for you to be productive while being a healthy mother. Thank you for this blog, it will help a lot of mothers out there.
Reply auob
9:00 PM on April 25, 2018 
Great help dear and a fantastic post. Really like what you have posted .. i found it really useful and will utilize some of the tips here. Good share, thank you!
Reply Greta
5:11 PM on April 26, 2018 
Awesome work
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