January 05, 2012

The Importance of Hydration for New Moms

Dehydration can be a huge energy drain for new moms. If you are breastfeeding, you are at an even higher risk for dehydration. To keep your milk production up, you must stay adequately hydrated. Try the following tips to keep your fluid needs topped off:

· Your fluid of choice should always be water, followed by low fat milk and 100% fruit juice. While fruit juice is a great source of vitamins it may add unwanted calories, so limit your intake to 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) daily.

· When breastfeeding, caffeine can cause your baby to sleep poorly and be irritable. Limit your caffeinated beverages to no more than 2-3, 8 ounce cups per day.

· New moms need between 8-12, 8 ounce glasses of water per day to prevent dehydration.
· Water flushes waste products from the cells and aids in liver and kidney function in both the mom and baby.

· The human body is two-thirds water so it is a vital nutrient for good health.

To keep you and your baby properly hydrated, drink lots of water!

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