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by Whitney Poma •

Hydration and Breastfeeding: How much water do you really need?

Making hydration a priority becomes even harder to a mother caring for children despite hydration being especially important to her wellbeing. A general rule of thumb is to consume 1 to 1.5ml of water for every calorie consumed so a typical 2000 calorie diet would suggest 67 to 101 ounces of water per day. To keep this simple, its often said that eight 8-ounce glasses of water should be consumed. Women who are breastfeeding are generally encouraged to consume about 300 – 500 more calories per day which would yield a target range of ten to fifteen 8-ounce glasses per day!