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A Guide to Keeping Cool While Your Baby Nurses

baby crawling on summer moodMost places in Australia are experiencing a heat wave. You might have noticed you’re feeling fatigued and listless in this weather. Babies are also susceptible to overheating. If you’re having trouble breastfeeding your infant, we can provide you with some helpful tips to make it easier and ensure that you and your baby stay hydrated.

  1. Place a cloth between your baby and you. A pillowcase, cloth nappy or hand towel can be placed on your arm and body, giving a barrier between you and the baby. It will keep you both more comfortable and reduce your sweat levels.
  2. Breastfeed lying down. When you lie down to nurse, the baby’s mouth touches the breast, but contact with other parts of your body are reduced.
  3. Give your baby frequent baths. You can sponge your baby down with a cloth that has been soaked in lukewarm water or give baths in plain water, no soap necessary, to cool down.
  4. Hydrate yourself. Though mums are often concerned about their baby, you have to stay hydrated, too. You can place bottles of water around the house so that they’re available everywhere. Try to have a glass of water at the ready when you sit down to breastfeed, drinking it while your baby is eating.
  5. Plan your day accordingly. The hottest part of the day is from noon to 3 pm. Avoid being outside when the sun is at its peak, seeking out air conditioning during this time of day.
  6. Have shorter, more frequent feedings. Your baby may be thirsty and want to breastfeed more often than usual, but likely for shorter periods. You don’t need to feel like you must nurse for set periods as long as your baby seems satisfied after eating and their nappies show they’re producing light-coloured urine.

As a specialist provider of tongue-tie surgeries, Kiddies Infant Care is uniquely positioned to have expertise in your baby’s ability to breastfeed. If you have questions, we’re here to help you. Contact us today!

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