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How Much Water To Drink While Breastfeeding

For those wondering how much water to drink while breastfeeding, this post is for you.

I don’t know about you, but I have a serious problem staying hydrated, especially while breastfeeding. I wish I could say it’s because I have three kids and I’m so busy. But I remember having this same problem when I only had one child! Surely I’m not the only one. 🙂

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How much Water to Drink While Breastfeeding
Dehydration While Breastfeeding
Hydration Tips and Tricks
Drink Mainly Water
Liquid IV for Breastfeeding
Buy Your Favorite (Large) Water Bottle
Pour Water in the Morning
Hydration Reminder App
CamelBak Hydration System
Recipes to Stay Hydrated

How Much Water Drink While Breastfeeding?

Let’s just cut to the chase. How much water should new moms drink while breastfeeding? The average adult needs about 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day. 64 ounces. During pregnancy and breastfeeding this average intake obviously increases.

During breastfeeding we should drink an extra quart, or 32 ounces, per day. Roughly, breastfeeding mothers should be drinking around 100 ounces of water per day or around 3/4 ths of a gallon of water.

This is the same amount of water a woman needs to drink when pregnant. Just because you give birth, your hydration needs do not decrease! Since my kids drink out of my water bottle too, I need to increase this even more. No wonder I’m always feeling dehydrated.

Dehydration While Breastfeeding

When I am dehydrated, my baby is just peachy. She keeps on eating, sucking the life out of me. I, on the other hand, start to feel…

  • Tired
  • Irritable
  • Spacey
  • Can’t multi-task
  • Inability to deal with lots of stimulation
  • Dry skin
  • Constipated
  • Depressed

Hydration Tips and Tricks

Ya’ll, it’s one thing to KNOW how much water to drink. It’s quite another to actually drink said water. Here at Mother Rising I think it’s important to know WHAT to do for better health, but also HOW to do it. Here are a few hydration tips and tricks that are helpful for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers (or anybody, really).

Drink Mainly Water

Water is the best liquid to drink. Limit diuretics – soda, coffee and alcohol – as they promote dehydration. Don’t be like me and only drink coffee in the morning. Come 11 am you’re going to crash and it will take hours to recover.

Liquid IV for Breastfeeding

Products like Liquid IV, coconut water, and other beverages with electrolytes can be very helpful to stay hydrated while breastfeeding – especially when you’ve become dehydrated. This powder can bring you back to feeling like yourself again. The ingredients of Liquid IV – cane sugar, potassium, salt, stevia, and various vitamins are safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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Buy Your Favorite (Large) Water Bottle

Yes, it’s trendy. But yes, it’ll help you to drink more water. Cheers to drinking water in style!

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I am obsessed with mason jars and drinking out of them makes me happy. I prefer the Ball Wide Mouth Pint and Half jars. (You can buy them at your favorite canning supply store, Hobby Lobby, or online.) I love these wide mouth plastic storage caps.

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Pour Water in the Morning

I learned this trick from a smart doula client of mine. Every morning, pour the amount of water you need to drink for the day and set it out on the counters (or put it in your bag to take). By the end of the day the containers should be all empty.

How much water should I drink while breastfeeding? The average adult needs about 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day, however, breastfeeding increases this.

By the way, the photo above only shows 60 ounces of water. This would be adequate for a regular person, but not a breastfeeding or pregnant person. Add two more of these jars and you would be good to go.

The Rubber Band Trick

Another neat trick I learned from a fellow doula is to place the same number of rubber bands around your water jar as the number of refills you need to have to meet your daily water quota. Each time you refill it, remove one of the rubber bands. At the end of the day your jar should be empty and have no rubber bands.

How much water should I drink while breastfeeding? The average adult needs about 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day, however, breastfeeding increases this.

Hydration Reminder App

It also may be helpful to download a hydration reminder app to help remember to drink water. Hey, why not – they’re free.

CamelBak Hydration System

I keep threatening to start using a CamelBak Hydration System because I forget to hydrate and FEEL AWFUL. However, now that I know how much water should I drink while breastfeeding, and wrote myself a blog post all about it, maybe it won’t come to that.

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Recipes to Stay Hydrated

Thirsty breastfeeders, want more tips, advice, and recipes to stay hydrated? I got you!

How Much Water to Drink When Pregnant
Easy Green Smoothies for Pregnancy and Postpartum
Protein Punch Smoothie for Pregnancy
Easy Freezer Smoothie Packs
Electrolyte Ice Cubes for Labor and Delivery

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Alenjandra

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

I think this page might help me. I just gave birth to my daughter 12 days ago and I really want to breastfeed her so bad but I just don’t know how to keep my supply up. To be honest I really didn’t think that you really needed to drink lots of water just keep your milk supply going so basically I weigh 190lb so I would need to drink 95 oz of water per day. I mean that’s why my mouth gets so dry when I breast feed her. I’ve been drinking coconut water, oat milk and until today I started to try to drink lots of water. I will keep trying to put effort because I hate seeing my daughter well I think she isn’t getting enough. I went to the doctor and they had told me that she weighed less than she is suppose to be which I had to go that same week again but Friday. I get so stressed that I feel like she isn’t getting enough. My boobs hurt but I’m willing to sacrifice it all to be able to feed her. I also heard that fenugreek is also good to help supple is it ? Can you give me more tips?? Please I would totally appreciate it.

Lindsey VanAlstyne

Saturday 14th of August 2021

Your best bet is to connect with a local lactation consultant. An IBCLC if possible. They'll be so good for you, I'm sure. Best of luck! :)

Mary

Saturday 15th of September 2018

Thank you Lindsey! I can tell this website is gonna be so good for me to have!! :). Just gave birth to my son 9 days ago!!

Lindsey

Monday 17th of September 2018

You're welcome!:)

Meridith

Monday 9th of April 2018

Question then, I drink my 100 + oz a day I’m working out as well for about 1 hr a day. I can’t seem to stay hydrated. I already had an episode where I got an iv from drinking too much water. I do add electrolytes and I’m trying to do some coconut water and still I’m Sahara dry! Please any help would be amazing. I’m breastfeeding an 8 mo and she still nurses every 3-4 hours through the night. She’s struggling with solids (my son was eating them at 6 mo so not for lack of trying)

SW

Saturday 15th of December 2018

You probably have already consulted a doctor, but just in case, have you had your glucose checked?