No, we don't mean cocktails. We mean water and low-sugar juices. It's important for everyone to stay hydrated, but it's even more important for a new mother, especially if she's breastfeeding. Dehydration is a huge drain on energy. Doctors advise breastfeeding moms to drink at least 8 cups of liquid every day.
To keep her hydrated, buy your favorite new mom a case of beverages. Bottled water, natural juices and coconut water (which contains potassium and electrolytes) are all great ideas. Just avoid buying her caffeinated and overly sugary drinks.
For more about food and health, check out the links below.
- "12 Foods for New Moms." WebMD. Mar. 7, 2010. (Aug. 29, 2010) http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/breastfeeding-9/breast-feeding-diet
- Frost, Shelley. "Food Gifts for New Moms." Livestrong.com. Aug. 3, 2010. (Aug. 29, 2010) http://www.livestrong.com/article/193133-food-gifts-for-new-moms/
- "More ways to use Lotsa Helping Hands." Lotsa Helping Hands. 2010. (Aug. 29, 2010) http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/who-we-help/
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