Summer is the perfect time to have fun, relax, and create lovely memories with your baby. For a breastfeeding mom, this can mean you’ll spend more time breastfeeding your baby on-the-go, but don’t worry. There are many ways to relax this summer and provide the best nutrition possible for your baby. Follow some of these tips and suggestions for breastfeeding during the summer.
Stay Hydrated. Drinking lots of water is critical for general hydration, so when the temperature rises, don’t leave home without a water bottle. When it comes to your breastfeeding baby, it’s not necessary to feed your little one water. As long as you stay hydrated and breastfeed often, your baby will get all the fluids he or she needs.
Relax Poolside. Breastfeeding works best when mom and baby are as relaxed and comfortable as possible. So, it is no surprise breastfeeding can become more difficult in the summer months when mom and baby are out in the heat, but a dip in a pool can be the perfect remedy. You get to cuddle with your baby in a relaxing pool, and get some great skin-to-skin bonding time. Although it’s not recommended to breastfeed in a pool, a quick dip can help relax you both and cool you down so you’ll be ready to breastfeed when swim time is over.
Breastfeed Whenever and Wherever Your Little One is Hungry. The warm weather brings many more opportunities for comfortable and discreet breastfeeding, even when in public. Summer outfits are often the best breastfeeding outfits because they’re loose enough for discreet breastfeeding and light enough to keep you comfortable. Also, you may find more discreet and relaxing places to breastfeed your little one outdoors. When the weather is nice, you can always try breastfeeding under the shade of a tree, under an umbrella at the beach, or on a quiet park bench.
Travel Prepared. Sometimes summer activities aren’t as cool and comfortable as relaxing in a pool, so be sure you and your baby are prepared. Taking a stroll with baby, watching a summer parade, or squeezing in a quick run with your jogging stroller can be fun, just make sure your little one is cool and protected from the sun. Always keep your baby in the shade or under a stroller canopy or umbrella. Also, if your baby is over 6 months of age, be sure you have sunscreen available for any unexpected exposure. A cap or brimmed hat can also be beneficial to keep sun off your baby’s face. This will keep your baby from getting too fussy while you’re out and about while helping to ensure they can relax and focus on breastfeeding when they’re hungry.