Do I need to drink more while I am breastfeeding?
Mothers do need to drink more when breastfeeding, but their body will let them know how much. It depends on how much milk they are producing. Mothers can simply drink when thirsty and the body will take care of the rest. Forcing themselves to drink a lot of water will not increase the milk supply. In the first months after giving birth, mothers often feel suddenly thirsty when the baby starts to breastfeed. This is a reflexive thirst that ensures mothers have enough water in their body to make milk. It will decrease over time. Having water nearby when breastfeeding is helpful.