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How Much Water to Drink While Breastfeeding

Being a mom isn’t easy. From taking care of your baby to getting used to motherhood, it can be difficult to monitor your water intake. However, like pregnant women, breastfeeding moms need to drink more water than the average person to stay hydrated.

How much water each person needs can vary based on factors such as weight and activity level. While it’s natural to just drink water when you feel thirsty, it's recommended that breastfeeding mothers drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. This may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that you are not only drinking water to create ample milk supply, you need water to maintain your own body.

In addition to drinking enough water, nursing mothers also need to be aware of signs of dehydration. Keeping an eye for signs such as thirst, dry mouth, headaches, and dark yellow urine can help you identify how much water you should be drinking while breastfeeding. In this blog, we will discuss why nursing mothers should drink more water, signs of dehydration, and tips on how to stay hydrated while breastfeeding.

Why Do Nursing Mothers Need to Drink More Water?

One of the top reasons nursing mothers feel thirsty more often is because milk production requires a lot of water. Breast milk is composed of 90% water. To produce enough milk for your baby, the amount of fluids your body needs increases dramatically.

At six months, breastfeeding mothers produce roughly 750 milliliters per day of breast milk[i]. This number can vary dramatically depending on the needs of the new baby (or babies). For instance, a mother nursing twins may produce up to 2 liters or more[ii]. On the other hand, a newborn may need less than 750 milliliters.

Conditions that Increase Your Risk for Dehydration

Due to the body’s increased need for water while nursing, it's important to be aware of conditions that speed up the loss of fluids. They can make you more vulnerable to becoming dehydrated. Some conditions include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Excessive sweating due to fever or exercise

  • Chronic diseases

  • Cold or influenza

The symptoms of these illnesses accelerate your body’s loss of fluids and electrolytes. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may need to consume more water and electrolytes to stay hydrated

Signs of Dehydration

Since breastfeeding demands more water from your body, it's important to be mindful of common signs of dehydration, such as:

  • Dry skin

  • Muscle cramps

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Dry mouth and lips

  • Dizziness

  • Dark urine

By identifying common signs of dehydration, you can be better at listening to your body and providing it the fluid and electrolyte it needs.

How to Stay Hydrated While Breastfeeding

Staying hydrated while you’re breastfeeding can be a challenge. However, it's much easier when you understand how much water you need to drink while breastfeeding and know how to spot the signs of dehydration.

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[i] Neville MC, Keller R, Seacat J, Lutes V, Neifert M, Casey C, Allen J, Archer P. Studies in human lactation: milk volumes in lactating women during the onset of lactation and full lactation. Am J Clin Nutr. 1988; 48(6):1375-86.
[ii] Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science. Nutrition during lactation. The National Academies Press, Washington DC, 1991.