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Taking Care of Yourself While Breastfeeding

Don't Forget the Water

Drinking water is good for you, no matter who you are. However, moms who are breastfeeding will need lots of it. It is quite common for mothers who are nursing to feel thirsty as they breastfeed, particularly when their baby is still in those first few weeks of life. It's a good idea to keep a glass of water close by while you are nursing.
While drinking plenty of liquids is imperative to good health while breastfeeding, there's no need to overdo it. Drink enough to satisfy any thirst and to help keep you hydrated. If your urine is light in color, you are probably getting adequate fluids.

Get Active

Part of taking care of yourself while you are breastfeeding is taking the time to exercise and get some fresh air. Getting outside for a few minutes each day can help you soak up some of that good vitamin D, as well as just having a change in scenery from the feedings and the diaper changes.
Start off simple. Try to just start with walking and some postpartum exercises that your healthcare provider has recommended. You can gradually increase the time and intensity level of your exercise as you heal and regain strength.

Lose Weight Slowly and Stay Healthy

After being pregnant for many months and putting on a few pounds, many mothers are ready to shed that weight as soon as they can after delivering their baby. However, try not to rush this process. A portion of that weight that you gained during pregnancy is stored away as an "energy deposit" that will be used to meet the extra demands for calories and nutrients needed for breastfeeding. This backup deposit is consumed gradually to help nourish your nursing infant.
In general, try to wait until your little one is at least a couple of months old before putting the pedal to the metal for your weight loss goals. This is about the amount of time your body will need to recover physically from the birth. It is also a good amount of time your body will need to help establish a good milk supply. In many cases, mothers tend to lose weight while breastfeeding, even without the calorie counting or intense exercising.
It is also a good idea to lose the weight slowly. As you continue to breastfeed, your baby will need those calories and nutrients from your diet. In general, try to not lose more than one to two pounds on a weekly basis to help keep you and your baby in the best of health.
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