Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by BODYARMOR. All opinions are my own.
If there’s one thing that is a top priority while nursing it’s staying hydrated. I’m currently nursing twins and staying hydrated has been a constant challenge. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had a bit of an over-supply issue (which is crazy with twins) but a side effect of that is I can tell REALLY fast when I haven’t been drinking enough.
My skin starts to crack, my lips get chapped, and I just feel so drained. A lot of times your milk supply will drop when you don’t drink enough too. I do notice a bit of a drop when I don’t drink enough but mostly being dehydrated seems to take a toll on my own health. And when you are taking care of babies, you can’t afford to ignore your own needs or you’ll crash and burn.
How often do we forget to take care of ourselves as moms? I get it. It’s hard when you have tiny person who needs so much of you. They need you to be at your best.
Try a few of these tips to stay hydrated while nursing.
Keep fluids with you. I don’t know about you, but if something isn’t in front of me I tend to forget about it. My days are so hectic that I’ll often go hours and hours without remembering to get a drink. Keep fluids with you at all times so you can take quick sips throughout the day.
Choose your fluids wisely. I’m usually a water drinker. Being sleep deprived with the twins has turned me in soda drinker because I crave the quick fix that sugar and caffeine give me but I always end up feeling worse afterwards. I discovered BODYARMOR sport drinks several months ago and love them as a more natural alternative to the other sport drinks out there. I love that it contains coconut water because even though I know how hydrating coconut water is, it’s not something I’m crazy about drinking on it’s own. I love the flavors of BODYARMOR and the combination of coconut water and potassium-packed electrolytes really helps when I’m starting to feel dehydrated.
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Keep a checklist. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten to the end of the idea and have no idea if I’ve had enough to drink that day. Often, I’m so busy that I don’t even realize that I’m thirsty so the only clue is my chapped lips and exhaustion.
Set a timer. I’m terrible about getting caught up in a project and forgetting everything else. Set a timer on your phone to go off every 30 minutes or so and make a point to drink at least a few sips every time it goes off. Your body can only absorb so much fluid at one time so spreading your fluid intake throughout the day will help you stay better hydrated.
Eat foods high in fluids. Who says you have to drink all your fluids. Most fruits and vegetables are 90% water so that’s a great way to get some extra fluids in. I love snacking on chilled watermelon or grapes when I’m feeling dehydrated.
Pay attention to growth spurts. I feel chronically dehydrated lately. I couldn’t figure out what was going on until I realized that both of my twins had a growth spurt at the same time. They were both eating more and even though my body was keeping up with the demand it was taking a toll on me. When your babies hit a growth spurt, make a conscious effort to increase fluids and add in hydrating drinks. The coconut water and electrolytes in BODYARMOR are a great way to boost your hydration when you are struggling to get in enough fluids.
Have you ever struggled to stay hydrated while breastfeeding? What advice do you have to increase your fluids?