If you are breastfeeding your baby, you probably need to drink more water than normal, and you should!
If you are a nursing mother and you are breastfeeding your baby, you may have noticed that you are more hungry or thirsty than normal. It is the usual when you are breastfeeding since you need more reserves. Every time your newborn wakes up in the middle of the night and you feed him and then go back to sleep, you may also need to go to the kitchen to drink more water.
You may be hungry too and eat the leftovers from dinner. It is possible that hunger calms you before thirst, for this reason it is necessary that if you are breastfeeding your baby always have a refillable water bottle at all times so that you can reach out whenever you are thirsty. At night you can have the bottle on the bedside table, in this way it will not be necessary for you to get up to the kitchen, because this could make you stay awake and later it will be difficult for you to sleep .
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
You need to learn to listen to your body at all times, because if you do it as a nursing mother , you will find that it asks for more water than before you got pregnant or started breastfeeding your baby.
You must calculate your weight because it will be the indicator of the water you should drink daily. You will have to divide your weight and half of what you weigh will be the grams that you will have to drink in water (liters). For example, if you have a weight of 68 kilos, you will have to drink approximately 2 liters of water.
A breastfeeding mother needs to drink more water in order to have milk for her baby. Since the average six-month-old baby consumes about a liter of breast milk daily and 90% of that milk is water, it stands to reason that mothers should drink four more glasses of water a day.
YOU SHOULD DRINK MORE WATER FOR YOUR SAKE AND THAT OF YOUR BABY
You may think that there is too much water to drink when you are breastfeeding and that you may not be able to do so. But of course you can! There are easy ways you can get into a good habit and drink the water you need throughout the day.
The first thing you should do is have a bottle of water and have it with you all the time, take it with you anywhere, especially when your little one is still very baby. If you don’t usually drink a lot of water normally, then treat yourself and buy yourself a nice bottle for water that you like to look at and use regularly.
If you prefer the water to have some flavor you can add slices of cucumbers, watermelon or strawberries to give it better flavor. Although another way to add water to your body is to eat them, that is, eat more cucumbers, watermelon and strawberries in your daily diet.
It is also useful to have water by your side when you are breastfeeding your baby, so you can drink while your baby is eating, especially if it usually takes a long time to eat. It is also important that you observe the color of your urine, if it turns dark yellow, it will be an unequivocal sign that you need to drink more water immediately.
CONSEQUENCES OF NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
If you don’t drink enough water, you can start to make less milk so your baby will be less well fed. You can tell because your baby will be more irritable than normal and so will you, it is also possible that you feel more tired and that you begin to have constipation.
It is necessary that you drink water regularly following these tips because this way your body will work better and also, you will feel good both inside and out. Drinking water will also make your skin look much better . Drinking water is a way to take care of yourself and your baby, so do not lack water in your day to day!
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.