Okay, so we’ve all heard it, STAY HYDRATED! DRINK MORE WATER!
Easier said than done when you’re exhausted and juggling everything that motherhood entails. Your most concerned about feeding the new tiny mouth you’ve just been gifted with, so why is it so important that you also focus on your water intake? Proper hydration aids in removal of toxins, healthy function of almost every system in your body, helps with focus and energy levels, as well as wards off headaches. Hydration can also help ensure that you’re producing enough milk! While it won’t have a huge effect on every woman’s milk supply, many will notice a sharp decrease with less water intake.
So how much should a nursing mom be really be drinking? We’ve got the low-down, as well as some easy ways to get a little more fluid into your day!
Experts recommend that you drink 1/2- 3/4 of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 130 pounds, aim to drink at least 65 ounces of water a day. If you weigh 175 pounds, try to aim for 87.5 ounces. Sounds like a you’ll be guzzling a fish tank? We know, the hydration habit can be a hard one to get into, so here’s some tips!
- Invest in an easy to use, large reusable water bottle, preferably with a straw. (get one that’s at least 24 oz so you’re not having to refill every few minutes) Why a straw? You’ve typically got your hands full, so you can drink quickly without having to unscrew a lid. Cart it from room to room thought the day so it’s always handy. Bonus points if the ounces are clearly marked ( need one fast? check out ours)
- Set an alarm in your phone for every 2 - 3 hours. Each time it goes off, grab a big glass of H2O or finish off the large reusable one and refill!
- Can’t stomach the thought of so much of such a bland, boring thing? Water flavorings have come FAR in the last few years. You can even get some that have no artificial color, flavors, or preservatives. We like having a stash in the kitchen, the diaper bag, and the car.
- Grab a glass after every bathroom break or before every meal
- Get toasty with some herbal tea. While it’s true that caffeine can have a dehydrating effect on your system, herbal teas are not caffeinated and come is a multitude of flavors for every taste.
- Make a goal to get through a glass every time you nurse or pump
- Grab a glass as soon as you wake up and a glass before bed. Better yet, use every transition period in your day as a cue for a cup
Hope these tips help you stay hydrated! Have some of your own to share? Let us in on your secrets below!