How much water should a breastfeeding mom drink?

Many breastfeeding mothers and health professionals assume 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.

Lady drinking water from a glass - How much water should a breastfeeding mom drink?

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.

Many women worry they are not drinking enough water while breastfeeding and mistakenly believe that extra fluids are 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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Version 1.1 published in March 2019. Next review date: Jan 2022


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