BREASTFEEDING IN HOT WEATHER
Does my breastfed baby need water in hot weather?
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Q: Mercury is rising and it’s hot outside! Should I give my breastfed baby additional water to prevent dehydration?
A: Research confirms that babies who are exclusively breastfed don’t need extra water in hot weather. The key is to allow baby to feed on demand. Learn more about why and how to breastfeeding on demand.
When temperatures are hot your baby is likely to feed more often, for shorter periods of time.
Offer the breast frequently to encourage your baby to have many extra feeds. This will ensure she gets plenty of water and opportunities to quench thirst?
It’s also fascinating to note that the composition of breast milk will actually change in response to your infant’s needs. Milk will have a higher water content when the weather is hot.
It’s also important to keep in mind that replacing nutrient dense milk with water fills baby up on an inferior source of nutrition. Remember your body makes milk based on supply and demand. It’s important that she nurse frequently, and not receive water, so your milk supply is not compromised.
Don’t forget to drink water yourself though! Being a bit thirsty won’t affect your milk supply but make sure that you have plenty of water so you don’t become dehydrated on hot, humid days!
Did you know you can increase breastmilk supply with food such as lactogenic oatmeal?