How much water should a breastfeeding mom drink?

Do I need to drink more fluids while breastfeeding?

A lot of breastfeeding mothers and health professionals have often made an assumption that extra fluids must be vitally important when breastfeeding.

However, it isn’t necessary to drink extra water, milk, or any other fluid in order 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 your thirst is quenched.

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 have come into contact with a number of women who have mistakenly believed that extra fluids were essential however there are some studies that show that drinking too much water can actually reduce your supply. So the rule of the game is: drink to thirst.

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Version 1.1 published in March 2019. Next review date: Jan 2022


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