Tuesday Tip: Breastfeeding in hot weather

Breast milk is all your baby needs during the warm summer weather, even on very hot, humid days.  Teresa Pitman, co-author of La Leche League's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, shares this information, "The composition of your breast milk will change in response to the need of your baby-a higher water content in the hot weather and a higher fat content in the colder months." 

A young baby needs plenty of breast milk and will be feeding frequently. Giving the baby a fluid other than your milk means the baby will be filling up on an inferior source of nutrition. Remember your body makes milk based on supply and demand. It's important that he nurse frequently, and not receive supplements, including water, so that you will have a plentiful milk supply. Be sure to offer the breast frequently in warm weather so your baby has plenty of opportunity to quench his thirst.  Some babies prefer short frequent feeds when the weather is hot. 

Breastmilk is perfect for summer trips to the beach, park, cottage or camping. It's always available, requires no preparation, doesn't spoil and it even comes in very cute and easy to use containers!  

One of the many conveniences of breastfeeding is how easy it is to go away with your baby, either on a day trip or a longer holiday. Baby needs nothing more than a change of clothes, some diapers, and his mother's milk so don't hesitate to enjoy the summer months knowing that your baby is not only well hydrated but he's also receiving the best possible nutrition-your breast milk.

Adapted and used with permission from the LLLC column in EcoParent Magazine, summer 2013

 

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