Top Tips and Advice for Breastfeeding in Summer Heat

With this lovely warm weather we’ve been having, it’s important for breastfeeding mums to take extra care in the heat, while at home and abroad. Our in-house Lactation Consultant, Sioned Hilton, shares her top tips for breastfeeding in summer and caring for new-borns in the warmer seasons.

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Breastfeeding this Summer? Our in-house Lactation Consultant, Sioned Hilton, shares her top tips for feeding in the summer months, while on family holidays abroad or at home…

 

  • Breastmilk is all you need – no need to give your baby extra cooled boiled water, your baby will go to breast for a quick power snack if they are thirsty.
  • Your baby may feed more frequently; this is perfectly normal.
  • For babies older than 6 months who are weaning and breastfeeding, your baby may want more milk on hot days– be flexible. You can offer cool boiled water with meals or be adventurous and make breastmilk lollies with some softened raspberries, strawberries as something different!
  • Mum, you may be thirstier too! Make sure to drink plenty of fluids – remember alcohol can make you more dehydrated if you are having a glass of wine etc.
  • When breastfeeding in public find shade, the suns UVA UVB rays bounce off surfaces and pavements, makes sure to cover yourself with a wide brim sun hat and use a light muslin square to shade your little one if shade is minimal.
  • When out and about, take a drink with you and wear cool loose clothing. Your baby may be hot and sticky, pastel coloured tops will deflect some of the sun’s rays, whilst dark colours will absorb the rays.
  • Be cautious if you are applying sunscreen as residue on the breast can make the nipple taste a little different but do remember to protect yourself and baby as per manufacturer instructions for a sun cream with a protective factor greater than 15.

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