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If you live in the southern hemisphere, you will know that the summer season has well and truly hit!
Parents often be concerned about making sure that their baby has plenty to feed to prevent dehydration.
So what is it that you can do, to make sure that your baby being adequately nourished and hydrated during summer?
Please note that this advice is general and not to replace the advice given to you by your own Midwife, Infant Welfare Nurse or Doctor.
Children under the age of 6 months do not need extra water during the hot weather. This is because breastmilk and formula are tailor made to meet the nutritional and hydration requirements of your baby.
Your baby may even be fussing through the hot weather as they may be feeling uncomfortable. See below for information about how to know your baby is well nourished and hydrated, along with tips to keep your baby comfortable.
If your baby is over the age of 6 months, whether breast or bottle-fed, you will find that he or she is feeding more frequently than usual. This is completely normal and expected during hot weather. If your baby has already started drinking water, you will find that he or she will drink more than usual. Its ok to give your baby extra water in this case, but don't need to add extra water to infant formula or breastmilk as you don't want to disturb the delicate balance of fluids and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and magnesium for example.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF BABY IS BEING ADEQUATELY NOURISHED & HYDRATED IN HOT WEATHER?
Your baby should have:
TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOU & YOUR BABY COMFORTABLE IN HOT WEATHER
CONDITIONS WE ARE EXPERIENCED IN PROVIDING
Holistic & collaborative health care
Breast & bottle feeding support
Infant feeding Therapy for complex feeding issues
Feeding refusal/Fussy feeding
Lip & Tongue Tie assessment & support
Pre/Post frenotomy/frenectomy rehabilitation
Painful latch/damaged nipples
Slow weight gains
Feeding sick/unwell babies
Low breastmilk supply/breastmilk oversupply
Gentle infant sleep & settling support
Weaning from breastfeeding/bottle feeding
Returning to work
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Kellie Eason RN, RM, IBCLC
Nurse, Midwife, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Infant Feeding Therapist, Gentle Sleep & Settling Consultant servicing but not limited to Melbourne, Essendon, Windy Hill, Pascoe Vale, Coburg, Brunswick, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds and surrounds