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moms during summer
Whether this is your first summer as a parent or you're a seasoned veteran, you might be wondering how the heat and travel of summer will impact both of you. So I wanted to share some summer tips, perfect for breastfeeding moms and babies. Some of these will seem self-explanatory, but I know for me it's often the simple things that slip my mind!
1. Keep your baby hydrated with breastmilk. Did you know that breastmilk is 80 percent water? That means that babies who are exclusively breastfed don't need to drink any other liquids, not even water, when it's warm out. Be sure to breastfeed on demand, or have expressed milk at the ready, to keep your baby hydrated. And don't forget to drink plenty of H20 yourself!
2. Shade your baby's skin from the sun. Your baby's skin is especially sensitive and the sun is strongest during the summer months. Keep your baby's delicate skin covered with hats and rash guards when you can, and always lather up the entire family with sunscreen (baby sunscreen for your little one!) before going outside.
3. Know that the heat might make your baby fussy. Babies aren't much different from adults when it comes to heat -- they're just more vocal about expressing their discomfort. So if the heat makes your baby fussy and if she doesn't want to breastfeed, try laying down in a cool room first. It'll cool both of you off, and be a relaxing bonding experience away from the sun.
4. Remember to keep your baby warm if you're in the AC. While the AC offers welcome relief from the heat outdoors, the sudden temperature change can be jarring for your little one, so be sure to dress her accordingly. Layers are great for this purpose, so keep long sleeves and pants on hand. Drying her hair after bath time can also help keep her warm when inside with the AC.
5. Beware of bug bites. Warm nights mean that you and your family will probably be spending more time in the great outdoors. You can put a mosquito net around your baby's carrier or Pack n' Play to keep her protected from itchy bug bites. Be sure to check with your family health care provider before applying bug spray or lotion on your baby.
And one for moms!
6. Wear loose clothing. As with bras when you are breastfeeding, steer clear of tight-fitting bathing suits or bathing suit tops. The pressure could cause plugged ducts or mastitis. Also, try to steer clear of rigid underwire! Nursing tank tops can also help you stay cool and comfortable in the hot months.
What do you do to get you and your baby through the hot summer months? Leave your advice on our LansinohUSA Facebook wall!