Why Water is Important During Breastfeeding
One of the most important tips we hear about breastfeeding is about staying hydrated. It seems to be common sense - you need liquid input to create liquid output. However, a lot of our breastfeeding mamas forget they need to hydrate both themselves and their child. That's a lot of water. One friend of ours brought in a mini-fridge for the nursery, specifically for water and pumped milk. She says having water bottles within easy reach made a huge difference.
She says, “There's nothing worse than me and Baby just getting comfy…then realizing how thirsty I am…thank goodness for B! (her husband)” Apparently it was his idea to move his beer fridge inside to help out! Other women have made it a priority to stop by their fridge before breastfeeding, keeping a water bottle or glass within reach.
Hydration is a big factor in regulating temperature, and if you're feeling a little overheated, replenishing lost moisture. Your water intake may also be affecting your mood. One of the first noticeable symptoms of dehydration is fatigue, and sometimes irritability. Water also increases skin's flexibility, helping to reduce stretch marks, and of course, staving off dry, cracked nipples.
Read more about water with these fun facts (for everyone!) from AllAboutWater.org
1. Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
2. Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
3. Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease.
4. Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.
5. Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
6. Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
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