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What happens if I don't drink enough water while breastfeeding?

I drink lots of water but am paranoid about drinking too little.. will this affect my breastmilk?

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Asked by SavanaF. at 4:17 AM on Jul. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I'm not sure. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water even if you aren't breastfeeding. It's good to keep drinking water because it also flushes out toxins in your body.

    Answer by sherribeare at 4:19 AM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • if you dont get enough liquids, ie water, juice, soups, all the healthy stuff, you wont produce enough milk and in the first weeks of breastfeeding you need to build up a good supply for your lil one.

    Answer by cynthiaesquivel at 4:20 AM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • If you're drinking lots of water then you're doing just fine. . . . Try to relax and know you're doing a good job, Mom.

    Answer by zboys at 4:26 AM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • if you dont drink enough water and fluids I think it will make you produce less milk...

    Answer by mommy_sam at 4:34 AM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • It doesn't matter. You may become dehydrated. If you become way dehydrated your milk will be more concentrated. That's fine for the baby, the baby will just pee less. Think of the conditions women breastfed in around the world. Women may not have access to very little safe water. They breastfeed their babies and the babies thrive. When you start to worry think of the women in Haiti breastfeeding in the tent cities. Haiti has turned away offers of formula and human milk because the mother are able to breastfeed just fine. They have limited food and water and are living in hot and humid conditions with no AC.


    Answer by Gailll at 6:18 AM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • You may become dehydrated, which is a very bad thing for you and can lead to kidney problems, urinary problems, and more. As long as you are drinking what you need plus the amount that replaces the liquid that the baby needs- which after all isn't much- a glass or two extra?- then you are covered.

    Answer by Bmat at 6:33 AM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • i agree with gailll and bmat. your baby will get what your baby will need, it is just that if you do not supply it for you in your diet, then your body will rob you to provide for your baby. and that is not just water, but all the nutrients that go into your baby's milk! try to eat lots of green veggies too!

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 7:51 AM on Jul. 25, 2010

  • Needing to drink a lot while breastfeeding is really a bit of a myth. You do need to drink more but your body usually takes care of it by making you feel thirsty more. The rule is "drink to thirst". If you are thirsty, drink, but don't force yourself to drink a ton. Drinking too much water can actually cause your milk supply to go down as your body tries to get rid of all of the excess fluid. The only time not drinking enough causes low milk supply is if you get really dehydrated (like if you get a stomach bug and can't keep fluids down).

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 1:06 PM on Jul. 25, 2010

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