As any new mum will tell you, breastfeeding isn’t light work and that is even more so in summer. We all struggle in the heat sometimes; it can be agitating and easy to get flustered. Breastfeeding can become an uncomfortable, sweaty mealtime for both you and your little one.
With that being said, there are some ways you can make breastfeeding in the summer much easier. Here Pip Morrish, of Midwife Pip, gives us her top 5 tips for surviving breastfeeding throughout the warmer months.
- Wear Light Clothing
Light, floating clothing with easy breast access is best! Avoid anything thick or clingy – ensure you are comfortable, and your clothing is breathable. Nursing access tops or bras also save a lot of time trying to get access to your breast so you can save yourself from working up a sweat.
- Find Shade
Avoid trying to feed in the direct sun because it will do neither you nor your baby any good. It is important to ensure your little one is not overheating in the summer, so shade is definitely going to be your new best friend when you are breastfeeding in the summer. If your baby is over 6 months old, consider using sunscreen to protect from any exposure. For younger ones a brimmed hat will help keep the sun off their faces.
- Stay Hydrated
Hydration! This is oh so important. Your baby may feed more often in warmer weather to meet their hydration needs – and you should be drinking more too. You need to make sure you are hydrated enough for both yourself and baby. Never stray far from your water bottle!
- Keeping You Cool
Try carrying a handheld fan, spray water bottle and adding ice to your drinks to keep you more comfortable. A paddling pool or bucket of cool water to dip your feet into is also a great addition – you’d be surprised how much you can cool down by dipping your feet into cool water. These summer months are definitely a good excuse for an ice lolly or two, as well!
- Keeping Baby Cool
Temperature regulation for new babies is really important to reduce the risk of SIDS. So, keep them shaded, in light clothing and a regular check on their temperature.
However you keep cool this summer, we hope that these tips from Pip help to make sure your breastfeeding experience is as calm and enjoyable as possible this summer.
Pip is a practicing Midwife in the UK. She has many years of experience supporting new and expectant mothers. With a passion for supporting pregnant women by providing real, honest and evidence-based information, Pip helps women prepare for birth and postpartum.
You can find more information about Pip’s services on her website and check her out on Instagram @midwife_pip for more tips and expert information.