Tips for Breastfeeding This Summer
Be Prepared for Nursing or Pumping as Your Summer Schedule Heats Up
Summer often means a change in schedules. With the warm weather comes camps, gatherings, pool parties, and more. With these tips, you can enjoy events of the season without worrying about whether you can breastfeed, get proper nutrition, or safely nurse or pump.
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Eat and Drink Appropriately
Make Sure You Are Getting Enough to Eat
Breastfeeding people have a higher calorie intake and different nutritional needs. Summer cookouts, party snacks, and hors d'oeuvres might not meet these needs. Packing healthy snacks can help ensure that you have enough to eat, and what your body needs to produce milk for your baby.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The best way to beat the heat is also a healthy choice for breastfeeding mamas. Make sure you are getting enough water throughout the day. Pack a few extra bottles in your car, place one in your bag, and refill them when you get home.
Heat and moisture create the perfect environment for yeast and other bacteria to grow. If you are lactating over the summer, changing throughout the day can keep you cool, dry, and healthy. Make sure your breasts are dry before nursing or pumping.
Restrictive clothing like tight sports bras and bathing suits can be detrimental to your milk ducts. If you’re at home, opt for comfortable and breathable clothing. If you are on the go, visiting family, attending picnics, or hanging out at the pool, try to pack a spare change of clothes to give your body a break.
Whether you’re at the pool, playground, or enjoying your own backyard, hygiene is important. Before breastfeeding, be sure to wash your hands. Keeping soap and water packed in your pumping bag, pool bag, or vehicle can help to make sure you are covered even when your busy family is on the move.
Having a cooler on hand for a cold drink or to bring a healthy snack is helpful for all lactating mamas. But, if you are a pumping mama, having a cooler, and ice packs is essential.
Breastfeeding at Get-togethers
Planning ahead is key when attending a group gathering. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind.
There is a solid chance that you are going to have to nurse or pump while at one of these gatherings. It’s a good idea to determine what your comfort level is before arriving. Will you need to excuse yourself to breastfeed in your car? Will a nursing cover and a quiet spot work for you? There is no wrong option, but it’s helpful to plan this ahead of time. When you arrive, you can scout out your options and relax.
Pro Tip: Mamas at BeauGen have used needing to nurse or pump as a reason to excuse themselves from a gathering to get a moment of peace and quiet...and also pump of course.
Will There Be Power?
If you have a chorded pump, you will want to double check to see if there will be a power source where you are going. There are adapters that work with vehicles available for use in case there isn’t any power. Regardless, if you are a pumping mom and rely on an outlet, these are great to have in case of a loss of power from summer storms or if you are stuck in traffic while traveling.