Remember Fluids

To ensure an adequate milk supply and to prevent dehydration, drink enough fluids to satisfy your thirst. That's the amount to keep your urine pale yellow or nearly colorless. During breast-feeding, you need about 15 cups of fluids daily—more if you're thirsty.

That includes water from food sources. If you're constipated or if your urine is concentrated, drink more! Tip: Keep water, milk, or juice handy to sip as you nurse. Milk and juice supply other nutrients you need in extra amounts for nursing: calcium from milk and vitamin C from most fruit juices.

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

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