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There are as many ways to be a mother as there are mothers and almost as many ways to breastfeed. We hope you will find postings here that resonate with you, inform you or get you thinking. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Summer time breastfeeding

My first three daughters were born in the winter. What a pleasant difference when my last baby was born in April. I hardly worried about whether she was wearing enough clothes to stay warm. I never had to push her tiny uncooperative hands down the sleeves of a snowsuit.  But there’s always something for a mom to worry about. She was still fully breastfeeding when it got hot in the summer and I wondered, did she need extra water?

I read in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding that babies never need supplemental water. They might nurse a little more frequently if it is hot out, but even in very hot places babies don’t need to drink water. Scientists conducting research in India and Jamaica found no sign of dehydration in exclusively breastfed babies. Water can be introduced to babies once they are eating a variety of solid foods and can drink from a cup.

So if you have a breastfeeding baby this summer, you can nurse on baby’s schedule. Focus on keeping yourself well hydrated. I loved having a good reason to sit and sip a big glass of ice and lemonade.  Another surprise benefit of breastfeeding!

Cynthia

 

 mom nursing in park gardens

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