How much water should a breastfeeding mom drink?
A lot of breastfeeding mothers and health professionals have often assumed that extra fluids must be vitally important when breastfeeding.
However, it isn’t necessary to drink extra water, milk, or any other fluid to make an adequate amount of milk for your baby.
What is important is to drink a little more if you feel thirsty, just to the point where you quench your thirst.
Of course, while you are breastfeeding, you will feel thirsty due to the action of a hormone called oxytocin, but drinking until you don’t feel thirsty is all you need to do.
I’ve met many women who were worried they were not drinking enough water while breastfeeding and have mistakenly believed that extra fluids were essential.
However, some studies show that drinking too much water can reduce your supply.
So the rule of the game is: drink to thirst.
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