The temps are hitting and exceeding 100 degrees and breastfeeding in this heat is uncomfortable! Any advice? I’m also wondering if I should give my daughter water between breastfeeding?
Your baby will get all the liquids she needs via breastmilk. Studies have shown that an exclusively breastfed baby does not need extra water. But make sure you breastfeed your baby frequently, especially when you are out in the heat.
Most importantly keep yourself VERY hydrated! Keep sipping on that water at all times. There are also many water filled foods – watermelon, cucumbers, grapes (frozen are great!) peaches, cold soups, even corn on the cob! When it is this hot out breastfeeding with skin-to-skin contact can be sticky and uncomfortable. So here are some ideas to make it through these high temps.
- Find a cool spot in front of a fan or an open window with a breeze.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, try getting out to the mall, coffee shop, library, children’s museum etc. during the hottest part of the day or early evening to cool off before bedtime.
- Try moving down to the basement which is most often the coolest part of the house.
- If you are sweaty your baby may have difficulty latching on – try using a cool clean cloth to mop up the moisture and cool you both off right before nursing.
- Keep a light cotton receiving blanket tucked between you and your baby to absorb the sweat.
- Use a sling carrier when nursing to have that light fabric between your skins.
Keep your baby dressed in light weight clothing or just her diaper while inside. For yourself, try wearing a nursing cami. This eliminates the need for a nursing bra and top – keeping you cool during these hot days!