There's a reason you receive that gallon-jug with a crinkle straw when you leave the hospital: you need to drink some serious water postpartum. Just like when you were pregnant, it's important to stay hydrated as a breastfeeding mom. Breastfeeding your baby can make you feel like you ate a bag of sand, though, so it's important everyone knows what a breastfeeding mom really means when she says "I'm thirsty." After all, there's only one way to stay ahead of the thirst game, my friends, and that's to drink so much damn water you're hardly ever thirsty in the first place. That's going to require some support from family members, friends, and partners. So listen up, you non-breastfeeding support people, because there are a few things you need to know to make sure your breastfeeding partner stays as hydrated as possible.
Before I had my baby, I set myself up with a cute little nursing basket to keep next to the couch. It had a water bottle, snacks, lanolin, burp cloths, etc. — the idea being that I wouldn't have to get up. The problem, however, was that I didn't always sit there to breastfeed, and when I did I always ran out of water. And, holy hell, was I thirsty. I was convinced there was a direct line from my mouth to my nipple because I couldn't conjure a drop of saliva when my kid was on the boob. My husband eventually learned that it was best for everyone to make sure I had a refreshing beverage at my side all times. A wise move, to be sure.
If you know what I mean when I say "breastfeeding thirsty," you're not alone. I definitely know you're saying a little more than, "Gosh, I'm parched," including the following: