Breast Feeding and Lemon Water

by Valerie
(Las Vegas, NV)

Question: I am a breast feeding mother and I was wondering if drinking lemon water will do anything to my baby . . . Good or bad? My baby has a lot of gas and I was hoping that drinking lemon water would help him.

WBH response: First and foremost, hydration is the key to a healthy milk supply. If putting lemon juice in your water will help you to drink enough water daily to maintain optimal hydration, then you and your baby will benefit.

Drinking enough water is top priority

I know there are a number of popular recommendations about how much water to drink daily, but I recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of water. You can review my article on Drinking Enough Water for details. As mentioned in this article, pregnant and breast-feeding mothers should increase their average daily water intake.

Breast feeding and drinking lemon water

Secondly, when adding fresh-squeezed lemon juice to your water, I recommend starting with ¼ lemon in 8 to 12 ounces twice a day and increasing that to ½ lemon in 8 to 12 ounces three times a day, preferably 30 minutes before a meal.

Drinking lemon water 30 to 60 minutes before eating will provide numerous benefits to your digestive system, as explained in my article on Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water.

Benefits for the baby

Since you are breast feeding, the better your digestive system is working, the less likely your baby will have digestive issues -- including the gas, bloating, cramping, irregular bowels, etc.

The more complete you can digest your food, assimilate nutrients, and eliminate waste, the more likely your baby will also get optimal nutrition and “clean” milk.

In addition to the digestive benefits (helping to break food down), drinking lemon water is known to improve toxin elimination in the body. It does this in several ways—by helping the bowels to remove waste efficiently, by promoting healthy liver function, and by helping to cleanse the blood. Most importantly, lemon water can help clear the liver and detoxification system of the mother’s body without dumping toxins into the milk.

Disadvantages or cautions?

I am not aware of any disadvantages of drinking lemon water while breastfeeding. The only caution would be to start with the ¼ lemon in 12 ounces of water dilution (weak dilution) and only gradually increase the amount of lemon to make sure you or your baby have no possible allergic reaction to lemons.

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Aug 01, 2013
Drinking lemon water and breast feeding
by: Irza

I am a breast feeding mom, my baby is 8 months. Early, I was confused & afraid when I would drink lemon water. I think if I drink lemon water will make my baby have diarrhoea.

Therefore, I try to find good information about it. Thanks for your information.

I will drink lemon water every day,,,

Jun 04, 2014
Breast feeding and lime water
by: Ann

Please I am afraid of drinking lime with water affect my baby.

Jul 20, 2014
Lemon water and breastfeeding
by: Tshikosi Maureen

Thanks, this page really helped me. I was so scared of drinking lemon water because I am breastfeeding, but now I will drink happily. My son is 7 months old. I just had my 1st glass now.

Sep 12, 2014
Breast feeding and Lemon Water
by: Anonymous

Thanks alot for this information. I can now go ahead and have my glass of lemon water.

Sep 12, 2014
Breastfeeding while drinking lemon water
by: Priscilla

I am comfortable now because I was confused about this issue, breastfeeding while taking lemon water. I am now ok, I can take it from now.

Sep 18, 2014
by: Adwoa Abrefa

Thanks to this information. I can now take my lemon in water as I breast feed:)

Oct 28, 2014
lemon water and breast feeding
by: milli

I'm ok now thanks for the info I'll take my lemons water.

Nov 13, 2014
Baby Is Losing Weight
by: Chifok

Please I took lime and water and I think my breastfeeding baby is losing weight. I don't know if it is due to the lime I took. Does anybody have an explanation? Please I need help asap, if I am to continue or quit. Thanks all.


Chifok, if a mother drinks a small amount of lime in water (1/4 to 1/2 lemon in 8 to 12 ounces of water), it should not cause a breastfeeding baby to lose weight. However, it depends a lot on the mother's health and overall diet.

Do you know for sure if your baby is losing weight? Did you actually weigh him or her?

What is even more important than whether you drink lime water or not -- is what you think and feel about it. Nobody else can tell you what is best for your body and your baby. You have to trust your intuition. Thus, if you have any doubts about the lime water, stop drinking it!

Be at peace and eat the foods and drink the beverages that will make you feel calm and comfortable. Remember that your thoughts and feelings are feeding the baby also.

You might want to check out our article on how Thoughts Affect Health because what affects your health will also affect your baby's health.

I wish you and your baby health and happiness!

Nancy Hearn, CNC

Nov 15, 2014
Comment on Baby Losing Weight
by: Chifok

Hi Nancy, I didn't actually weigh him. He used to be very weighty (3 months). But recently he became so light. I used to take up to 2 small sized lime with warm water each morning with the purpose of burning fat. Then again, he had catarrh and cough early this month so I am confused if that caused his weight loss because he had troubles eating. I really appreciate your commenting on mine question. Thank you.

Nov 17, 2014
Lime water to lose weight
by: pathamenu

Please I want to know if drinking lime water can burn some fat in me or reduce my weight. Thank u.

Dec 01, 2014
lime and water
by: chifok

Pathamenu,yes lime and warm water can burn fat when u take it first thing in the morning 30 mins or more b4 your breakfast. add exercises like walking few mins daily for better results. Goodluck

Dec 14, 2014
Enlightening NEW
by: Vivian

I'm a first time mum and having my first successful pregnancy and delivery made me super protective of my daughter. I always thought that taking lemon would reduce the flow of milk...just found out through you that it actually benefits us both. Thank you so much for the lemon intake while feeding 101 ;-)

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