Should I drink more water when breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding mothers produce about a liter of milk per day, sometimes even up to one and a half liters. Does this mean that the amount of water and liquids you drink should also be increased? Sufficient fluid intake by a breastfeeding woman (up to 2.7 liters per day) is important in milk production.
How much water a breastfeeding woman needs.
- The norm is 30-35ml per kg of weight;
- On average, 2.7+ liters per day.
The norm of water for a nursing mother is about 2.7 liters per day. It is needed not only for milk production, so it is important not to try to increase the amount if there seems to be little milk, and not to reduce if it seems to be too much.
Deficiency of water and fluids will have a negative impact on the mother’s well-being. Water is needed primarily to cleanse the body — the removal of toxic substances through the kidneys.
This is ensured by the intake of water in the amount of — 30-35 ml per kg of water weight. Approximately the same amount of liquid should be received with food and drinks.
If you have no time to measure the volume of fluid you drink, you can be guided by the color of your urine — it should be light straw color, almost odorless. Visiting the toilet — on average, at intervals of 2 hours — also indicates the norm.
What water to drink when breastfeeding
— Regular, non-carbonated, filtered water is possible. Often breastfeeding moms ask: is it possible to drink sparkling mineral water during gv, will it not harm the baby.
Gas from sparkling water get into your milk and thus can not harm the baby. However, it can affect your well-being and contribute to increased gas in your intestines. So you can drink a few sips (if you really want to), but do not abuse it.
Stress on still water when breastfeeding for the same reason, you should not. Mineral better to drink if it is non-carbonated table, or natural, from the source. Such mineral water during gv is useful, especially if you are recommended to drink by your doctor.
As for drinks. Lemonade sold in supermarkets during breastfeeding, as well as any other carbonated soft drinks are undesirable, because they contain a lot of sugar and various artificial additives and dyes, which can harm the baby. And if you really want to, you can have lemonade when breastfeeding, but made with your own hands and also non-carbonated, there are good recipes.
Why can not you drink soda during?
Water and drinks with dissolved carbon dioxide are contraindicated, because they can cause flatulence or increased gas in the baby. As a rule, carbonated drinks include artificial colors and flavorings, various preservatives, sugar and sugar substitutes. The answer to the question: you can drink kvass in gv will also be negative.
Can I drink juice while breastfeeding and which juices are allowed while breastfeeding?
- You can drink birch juice during nw, it is an excellent thirst quencher, and contains neither a lot of sugar, nor any harmful additives and preservatives;
- Freshly squeezed juices in gv allowed in small quantities, they are very saturated. In the first weeks you can those juices that you drink regularly, including during pregnancy, these can be:
- Carrot juice;
- Cranberry morsel when breastfeeding.
- About the rest of the juices when breastfeeding, the approach is individual:
- Apricot juice;
They are recommended in small quantities when the baby begins to receive complementary foods and mature milk is already established. At the same time, it is important that you have no allergies, and if any manifestations of allergies occur in the child, you will have to wait.
- Juices with a high content of glucose and fructose, such as grape and even apple and grape with gv should also be taken with extreme caution.
- Can I drink tomato juice during pregnancy? Yes, it is useful, low-calorie, contains many vitamins, lycopene, but you should not drink a lot of it if your baby is allergic to red fruits and vegetables.
Can I have compotes while breastfeeding?
- Fresh berry compotes;
- apple compote.
are more gentle than juices, and also useful drinks.
Especially useful when breastfeeding:
- dried fruit compote;
- dried fruit compote;
- sugar-free uzvar.
Compote of dried apples and pears — from dried fruits — when breastfeeding is suitable for almost every nursing mother, it is rich in minerals, does not require added sugar, which is very important. Equally useful as uzvar in gv will be and compote from rosehips in gv — a lot of vitamin C, a pleasant taste.
The older your baby gets, the more the possibility extends to drink different compotes during the pregnancy: the main thing that neither you nor the child is allergic or intolerant to particular fruits and berries.
What compote can be drunk when breastfeeding a mother:
- strawberry compote;
- compote from currants;
- compote from cherries;
- Apricot compote.
And even cherry, plum or raspberry compote when breastfeeding is not contraindicated. However, it requires an individual approach in each case. So it will be better if you start to drink not mixed berry compote during gv, and try to boil first separately — compote from cherries, or compote from apricots, or compote from alycha. When you become convinced that both you and your baby tolerate well such a compote during whelping, then you can diversify your diet in terms of drinks and pamper yourself with pleasure, cook and drink different compotes during whelping.
But as for the question: canned compote in nw — the answer will be negative. Any canned food, both homemade and industrially produced, is not recommended for pregnant women. And the benefits of canned compote is almost no — the excess sugar, sterilization lead to the fact that the vitamins in such a compote is almost absent. Make a choice in the direction of benefits for both themselves and the baby.
Elena Demchenko graduated from Donetsk Medical Institute named after M. Gorky with a degree in pediatrics.
Work experience in medicine: district pediatrician, neonatologist of the department of nursing extremely premature babies, joint stay of mother and child, resuscitation and intensive care of newborns.