Tips For Breastfeeding In Hot Weather

Tips For Breastfeeding In Hot Weather

Breastfeeding a baby during the summer months can become uncomfortable at times for both mom and baby. With this being World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 - 7 2013 I thought I would share some helpful tips with other breastfeeding moms.

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Just a note: Babies 6 months and under do not require any extra fluid intake besides breast milk. Even in hot weather. They will need to feed more often and these extra feedings of breast milk will quench their thirst. Now on to the tips:

1. Mommy should take in extra fluids. Have something to drink while feeding your baby. Best to drink water, juices, and milk. Eat fruits with high water content such as watermelon, peaches, and grapefruit.

2. Dress baby lightly. When inside the home strip baby down to diaper. When outside wear clothes as light as possible on baby.

3. When going on an outing pack a few small cloths in your nappy bag. Wet one with cool water to wipe you and your baby's face. 

4.  If you are outside the home and need to feed baby try and find a cool location such as an air conditioned building or under a shaded tree.

5. Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water and get in with baby. Allow baby to feed. This will help keep you both cool. Alternatively you can shower with baby or wipe baby down with a wet cloth prior to feeding.

6. Keep a thin piece of cloth with you when feeding baby. Place this cloth between your arm and the baby so that you are not touching skin to skin. Skin to skin touch during hot weather can make you both feel uncomfortable due to sweating and stickiness. A receiving blanket, cloth diaper, or burp cloth works well.

Tips For Breastfeeding In Hot Weather

What tips do you have for breastfeeding in hot weather?

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  1. Thank you Julia! I am also following you. Have a great week :)