Summer Breastfeeding Tips!
Stephanie Cleary is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She works with families through her own private practice, Greenwich Lactation Services, as well as Valley Pediatrics of Greenwich. She is also the current president of the Tri-State Breastfeeding Association, a La Leche League leader, and the Area Online Coordinator for La Leche League of Connecticut:
The summer - I am so relieved it is here! Here are some benefits to breastfeeding during the summer months that you might not have considered.
For starters, breastfeeding allows you a freedom that can be particularly helpful when you are traveling with your baby. You don't need to pack anything extra for the baby to drink. Caught in a delay while traveling? If you are breastfeeding, you don't have to worry about running out of food for your baby. You always have your breastmilk with you, and it's always the perfect temperature. Nothing to pack, wash or prepare. It can make traveling so much easier!
Breastfeeding is also the best way to keep your baby hydrated during the warmer months. Even in the summer heat, exclusively breastfed infants do not need additional water as long as the baby is allowed to breastfeed as needed. You should pay attention to when you feel thirsty and keep a drink close by so that it is easier for you to stay hydrated.
Finally, remember that all fifty states in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location.
Hopefully, the convenience of breastfeeding and its positive benefits during the hot weather will help make your summer a little more carefree and enjoyable.
Stephanie Cleary, IBCLC, RLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant