Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

How much fluid does a breastfeeding mother need?

It is good to see more people are carrying refillable water bottles - computers on the train, school kids, breastfeeding Mums, fitness fans, busy Mums on the go, bike riders. It is one of those positive practices that has sprung up, to maintain hydration conveniently - without having to look for a drinking fountain or a shop. It's also good for the environment. So it is win/win.
Keeping the water bottle hygienic I guess means one user - not sharing it - and regular washing and draining it to dry it. On days that I use a water bottle I wash it in really hot water at the end of the day, before refilling it. When I have time I try to remember to let it drain on the sink, not every day, before refilling it. What do others do?

Other fluids:
Earlier in this blog I mentioned soup as a way of drinking enough fluid. I'd love to have your comments about your favourite soup - chicken soup, pumpkin soup, congee, or other soups. While I enjoy many soups, I particularly enjoy the pumpkin and sweet potato or pumpkin and lentil soup in a cafe on campus.  It's my occasional treat.
Do YOU have a favourite soup recipe you want to share, or a story about why you enjoy it?

4 Comments to How much fluid does a breastfeeding mother need?:

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Virginia Thorley on Saturday, 26 September 2015 4:18 PM
Please pardon the typo on the first line. I didn't notice that I typed "computers", when of course I meant "commuters".
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Virginia Thorley on Sunday, 8 November 2015 1:02 PM
Keeping hydrated - drinking enough. If you live in northern Australia or other hot climates in the Southern Hemisphere, don't forget to take a reusable water bottle with you when you are out and about. With summer here and high temperatures, especially before thunderstorms, you'll need it! (Me? I should take my own advice! I left my water bottle at home in the fridge one scorching day! To make it easier, I've just bought myself a second reusable water bottle. Now I can have one in the fridge and carry the other.)
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vividbaby on Monday, 14 March 2016 1:49 PM
thankyou very much for your post, drinking enough water even the more the better is always good for our health
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Virginia Thorley on Sunday, 8 October 2017 11:50 AM
It is hot again here in Queensland, 41.1 degrees in my city one day in early-October. So this topic is relevant again. Soup: No one has taken my up on offering comments on a favourite soup, or a recipe for a favourite soup. Soup is such a good way of getting plenty of fluid in hot weather. (Why, oh why, do we think of it as a cold weather dish?) With vegetables and some protein (such as chicken or beans) it cam be a good substitute for a heavy meal on a hot day. There are so many yummy soups. What is yours?
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