In the south, we have really hot summers. And hot summers means we need to stay hydrated. Which can be hard to do sometimes. Especially when you are chasing your toddler around with a baby on your other hip. Or being sleep deprived and grabbing a cup of coffee or two.
When I had my daughter I breastfed through the summer. Then the next year I was pregnant with my son while still breastfeeding. And now I am breastfeeding my son as summer comes. So I am constantly having to drink water to stay hydrated.
Plus summers are usually busy. And it slips your mind to drink that extra bottle of water.
But it is so important for you to stay hydrated especially while breastfeeding in the summer. Whether it’s making sure you chug a bottle of water before your coffee every morning (I do this every morning) or making yourself a note to get your water in.
Even if you love water it can still be easy to forget to drink enough. But there are ways you can make sure to get your water in so you can stay hydrated. And in return be able to breastfeed your child.
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Ways to help you stay hydrated
You know water is important but it is especially important while you are breastfeeding. I make sure to drink 16oz-32oz before my coffee in the mornings. Which helps me to get a good jump start on my water. Make sure to put a bottle of water in your diaper bag or on your “to pack” list.
2. Coconut water
Coconut water contains electrolytes so it is great for hydration. You can make fun drinks with it or just drink it out of the carton. My favorite brand right now is VitaCoco with pineapple or other fruit. But there are plenty of different brands.
3. Fruit and Vegetables
Certain fruits and vegetables have high water percentages and eating more of the fruits or vegetables help us to stay hydrated. Whether it’s a snack at home or you make sure to pack it for our picnic in the park.
Fruits and vegetables with high water content: Cucumbers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, carrots, and grapefruit. Just to name a few.
4. Make a reminder
We are busy moms and it is so easy to forget to drink our water. Or even eat. Make a reminder either on your phone or write it down. Stick a sticky note on the fridge with a water goal you have to tallie.
5. Make a goal
Whether it is every time you sit down to nurse your baby or every hour of the day make it a goal to drink so many ounces of water. Once you start doing this regularly it becomes a habit. Have a bottle of water by wherever you normally breastfeed.
6. Have a cup you love
I’m a believer that it’s easier to drink water from a cup you love. For me, that is a water bottle with a straw in it. My go to was a Contigo water bottle until my husband bought me (as a gift) a Hydro Flask. Though I would have never bought it for myself it is seriously the best.
Staying hydrated means finding ways to get your water in whether it is with a simple reminder, fruits, and vegetables or making sure you have a water bottle you love.
How do you make sure to stay hydrated?