With the temperatures rising, we are naturally thirstier and drink more fluids. The same thing can be said for our breastfeeding babies. When temperatures rise, you may notice your baby wanting to breastfeed more often and for shorter periods of time. Be sure to stay extra hydrated if you’re nursing during summer months.
If your baby is rooting, opening the mouth, or trying to suck on his or her fingers, those are signs he or she is hungry or thirsty. Just put baby to breast and let him or her eat. Make sure you hear baby swallowing or do some compressions to help the milk transfer.
Newborn to 6 months of age need only mother’s milk; they do not need extra water or juice. The more they nurse effectively (good, deep latch) the more milk you will produce. Relax and enjoy your time with your baby.
For more information about the Big Latch-on or for questions about breastfeeding, call Kootenai Health’s lactation consultants at (208) 625-5091.