I have a 9 week old little boy and I am breastfeeding; however I am always feeling lightheaded throughout the day. Could this be due to a lack of proper fluid intake. I'm trying to drink more but usually only have about 3 drinks a day like water, orange juice, milk. When breastfeeding are you suppose to have a certain amount of fluids? I don't know any other reason why I would be feeling lightheaded.
Three drinks a whole day is not enough. You need to drink plenty of fluids and makes sure you're not hungry when you're nursing. I would get that too but it went away once I made sure that I put something in my mouth. I would cut up veggies and fruits and keep them in the fridge in case I wouldn't get a chance to grab something to eat before it's time to feed the baby (and that happens a lot, especially in the beginning). I would grab something to chew on and eat it while nursing :) All the best and good job on breastfeeding DS.
Something that might help you drink more is to get a big glass of water before you start a feeding and drink it while your breastfeeding. That way if your nursing the average 8-12 times a day you're getting enough water. Plus you NEED to each an extra 500 calories a day to make sure your milk is producing enough calories for your baby.
3 drinks is NOT ENOUGH! YOu need to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water/fluid and wat an extra 300-500 calories a day in order to produce milk for your baby.
I am drinking plenty but not eating enough, I can tell that I am making less milk.
I am not sure about why you feel light headed but you should contact your physician.
Good luck to you!
I am also breastfeeding and experience lightheadedness. I actually thought I had an ear infection or something b/c I was so dizzy. The Dr. said my ears were fine and it was just vertigo. I asked if it could be related to a fluid imbalance since I was breastfeeding and he disagreed. I do think that he is wrong however. I was drinking a lot of water and I think that my electrolite levels were off. I started drinking some gatorade and it got a lot better. Go figure!!
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