20 May ARE YOU DRINKING ENOUGH WATER?
We’re absolutely sure we don’t have to remind you that parents of newborns are often the very last in line for any kind of self-care. But if you are a breast feeding Mother you need to make sure that a little focus on your H2O consumption goes to the top of your self-love list.
While breastfeeding your body can be more sensitive to dehydration which in turn can quickly lead to less milk production, add to your stress levels, dry out your skin, slow down your precious milk supply & also lead to that pesky and not so comfortable constipation.
Some specialists also suggest that Dehydration can be a major cause of lack of energy levels, making you feel even more sleep deprived (and we all know… no new Mumma got time for that!)
You may have symptoms, so be aware of a dry mouth, if you notice your urine is darker than usual or you may just feel tired.
But don’t worry; we have your back, just follow our easy tips to add more Hydration to your busy Mumma Schedule.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A NICE NEW WATER BOTTLE
Trust us, a cute new Water Bottle will encourage you to keep it close at hand and remember to take it in your Nappy Bag when you head out.
If you don’t even have the time to head out and grab one, just use a nice large receptacle that you can easily fill up with one hand!
2 LITRES A DAY
Sounds like allot, but if you try and work on this rule of thumb you can easily get up to a healthy level.
Your new born can be the best little alarm (in a good way this time) try and keep topped up when your little one needs topping up by drinking 2 glasses every time they feed and every time you feed (before breakfast, before lunch etc)
DRINK BEFORE YOU’RE THIRSTY
Get into the habit of drinking before being thirsty and you can stay ahead of your hydration and avoid the nasty side effects.
If you do happen to be suffering from a case of dry skin, may we suggest our beautiful Lavender & Chamomile Baby Moisture Lotion we hear so many lovely reviews of Mum’s using this not only on their Bubs, but on themselves, and we all know you deserve some natural nurturing too.
ADD SOME FUN
You may be avoiding the Prosecco but there is no need to avoid adding some bubbles to your drinking water, mineral water can also often have the bonus of added calcium, or perhaps get yourself a soda stream for home, so you don’t have to worry about popping out to pick some up.
ICE ICE BABY
Most fluids can aid in your hydration, so mix it up with some healthy smoothies and juices, try adding coconut to the mix as this is super hydrating and tasty.
Also, if you love herbal tea, you can always make some and chill it and serve over some ice for a refreshing burst of hydrating flavour (just be careful to check the labels of some herbal teas, as some should be avoided while pregnant or breast feeding.)
PUT YOUR HAND UP
If you’re lucky enough to have Family & Friends popping over, get in the habit of taking a seat and putting your hand up for a nice refreshing cool beverage, people do love to help, so don’t be afraid to take a seat and let them.
For more helpful tips on what you need in your diet while breast feeding head to the baby centre