My best tip for maintaining an adequate milk supply when you’re breastfeeding (other than to be with and nurse the baby) is to drink, drink, drink. You’ve probably heard this before, but getting enough fluid intake is the difference between a content and happy baby and baby who is left fussing for more. I can tell a huge difference in milk supply after just a day or two of getting inadequate liquid.
Drinking enough is certainly easy to say, but for me it can be difficult to accomplish. I simply get too busy with the day or too involved in the current project to remember to drink. Here is the drink-enough-tip that works for me:
I have my own ‘special’ water pitcher that no one else in the house is allowed to use. (It’s mine, all mine. 😉 ) My current pitcher holds 2.5 quarts. Each morning the pitcher gets filled with water and put on the counter. (If you prefer cold water then stick it in the fridge.) All the water that I drink comes from that pitcher so there is a visible reminder of how I’ve done for the day. Even my husband and children pitch in by reminding me how much more I have left to drink or refilling my water bottle and bringing it to me.
Here are a couple other tips that have helped:
- Use a water bottle. They prevent spills and often hold more than regular cups or glasses. Be sure to get a water bottle that is easy to drink out of, some require some work and you’ll want to avoid those.
- Take water with you when you go out or run errands.
- Drink each time you sit down to nurse.
- If you have older kids, assign one of them to fill up your water bottle and bring it to you each time you sit down. If they are too little to do that have them remind you how full your water pitcher is whenever you sit down.
Am I the only one who struggles to drink enough?
Read yesterday’s post, Breastfeeding – 10 Years and Counting for more breastfeeding tips. Plus discussion and additional insights in the comments.
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