Friday night pot stirring. A very common misconception is that while you’re breastfeeding you need to drink a TON of water. Or that not drinking enough water may cause your supply to dip. The truth is that you do not need to drink gallons of water (or any other arbitrary volume you may have heard) to maintain or increase your milk supply. Studies have shown no correlation between water intake and overall milk supply.
Of course you may feel a bit more thirsty while you’re nursing and keeping yourself hydrated is good for you in general. Drink to thirst so that you feel good and your urine is pale yellow in color. Increasing your water intake beyond normal is not the solution to supply concerns! And the flip side of that is that having a few days where you don’t drink as much water for whatever reason is very unlikely to make a significant drop in supply so save your worries for the other millions of small things parents deal with!
So what can you do you about supply?? Go back to the basics - supply and demand. And if you’re struggling on your own, get HELP from an IBCLC!
Ok, I’m ready! I know some mamas will go down with their giant hydromate. What do you think? Does this match your experience?
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