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How can drinking water help with losing pregnancy weight for new moms?

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Breastfeeding moms are especially at risk for energy-draining dehydration. To keep your energy levels and milk production up, make sure you stay well-hydrated. You can vary your options and meet some of your fluid requirements by drinking juice and milk. But be careful when it comes to caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea. Have no more than 2-3 cups a day, or switch to decaf. Caffeine enters your breast milk and can cause your baby to become irritable and sleep poorly.

SOURCES:

Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, national spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association.

La Leche League International: "Cooking up healthy meal plans."

American College of Nurse-Midwives; gotmom.org: "How Do Diet, Medications, and Alcohol Affect Breastfeeding?"

Goldberg, G. , 2005. Journal of Family Health Care

Alabama Cooperative Extension System: "Nutrition for the nursing mother."

University of California, San Francisco Children's Hospital: "Nutrition Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers."

FDA: "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, national spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association.

La Leche League International: "Cooking up healthy meal plans."

American College of Nurse-Midwives; gotmom.org: "How Do Diet, Medications, and Alcohol Affect Breastfeeding?"

Goldberg, G. , 2005. Journal of Family Health Care

Alabama Cooperative Extension System: "Nutrition for the nursing mother."

University of California, San Francisco Children's Hospital: "Nutrition Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers."

FDA: "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 25, 2017

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