I love breastfeeding Sofia. It is magical the connection between mother and baby and it is also fabulous for weight loss. After all, as a healthy eating blogger (well most of the time) there is not a healthier start to life.
But as a breastfeeding mum, I also have to think of Sofia and make sure she gets the best breastfeeding experience.
I have already cut down on my naughty food that bothers her (she is not a fan of Weetabix) and have not touched a drop of booze since I found out I was pregnant.
But what has always interested me is the obsession with breastfeeding mums and drinking a lot of water.
Well Sofia now sleeps through the night and after having her last feed at around 9pm she wakes up for her next about 8am. As a result, my breasts fill back up with milk overnight and she gets a big feed in the morning due to how much milk is in the breasts.
I estimate that this means that her feed it double in a morning compared to what she has the rest of the day and gives her a fantastic feed for overall growth.
I have also investigated and found that if you drink more water, it expands the size of the milk in the breasts, that way every feed could be a big one for your baby.
This can make a huge difference as I have found it can turn a 20 minute feed from 3oz to 6-8oz depending on the amount of water you’ve had. And if your baby is not sleeping very well on a night it’s a great way to boost their meal.
On top of this you burn calories for each 1oz of milk that is created, so if you want to burn more calories, then double your water intake.
Another reason why it’s important that you drink lots of water when you’re breastfeeding is because you need water to cope with all the calories you’re burning. If you think about visits to the gym, you would always have a couple of bottles of water to keep your body functioning, well the same applies to breastfeeding as on average you’re burning a gym session over a 24 hour period.
If you’ve not had much water while breastfeeding, then go off and have some extra and just see how much better you feel. Aim for 2 litres per day (extra if you’re doing extra exercise) and look at the results that you get!