I nursed long enough to know two things:
- pencil eraser nipples
- breastfeeding thirst
OH! The times I sat down for a marathon nursing session, the pillows were placed properly, the SNS was locked and loaded, everyone was taken care of and BOOM…my water bottle was two inches too far away. No big deal right? It’s just a nursing session, shouldn’t take that long then you can get a drink. WRONG. The thirst that overcame me in those moments was ravenous. The most intense thirst I’ve ever known IN MY LIFE. If anyone on this planet deserves a magic wand for a period of time in their life it’s a thirsty nursing mother.
Dehydration can be a nursing mom’s worst enemy but I’m coming to learn that dehydration can be anyone’s enemy.
Here are a few facts about water from AllAboutWater.org:
- Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite. (I like being a healthy weight!)
- Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration. (3pm slumps? Guilty.)
- Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease. (Flush it all away flushy water!)
- Water can prevent and alleviate headaches. (Oy, headaches are the worst.)
- Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance. (I’ve always wanted to glow.)
- Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation. (If anyone loves a good poop it’s me.)
Do I do an excellent job every day of drinking enough water? No. But I sure do try. I don’t drink coffee nor do I fill in with soda or other beverages which is good that I have one less bad habit to break. I’ll be honest, one of the greatest motivations to drink enough water (aside from feeling good) is getting over that initial “I’m drinking enough water but now I have to pee all the time like I’m 12 week pregnant” thing. When you drink enough and your body finally figures out that you’re going to keep it hydrated it slows down on the potty breaks. But take a break from the water and your body will make you pay when you start up again.
I try to keep three water bottles in my fridge all the time. That way I can carry one around with me all day and swap it out when it’s empty, grab one on the way out to the car (I drink a lot in the car, I have nowhere to go and nothing to do but drive and drink.) I want to get one of those nifty reusable cups with the sturdy straw, I think that would help a lot too. It may seem easy to drink enough but having water even more easily accessible?
Makes you feel
super guilty when you don’t drink enough super motivated to keep up with this healthy habit.
Nursing mom or not, do you drink enough water?