Breastfeeding mothers, especially now that the weather is warming up in the Northern Hemisphere, need to drink a lot.
If you forget, or don’t have time, then becoming dehydrated is a serious risk. The first symptoms, at least for me, are exhaustion followed by a headache. I didn’t realise I wasn’t drinking enough for the warmer weather until the headache woke me up and I had the driest mouth I’ve ever had.
When my first child was a baby, I used to keep bottles of water everywhere so that one would be in arm’s reach every time I nursed. Somehow, in the chaos that is life I’ve forgotten to do that this time.
Here are some spots I recommend for nursing mothers to keep a water supply at the ready:
- Next to your bed
- Next to the baby’s bed
- Next to the couch or on the coffee table
- Next to your nursing chair
- Next to the computer or desk where you’re reading this
Whenever you need it, here’s a nice drink of water toast to you. Cheers!