breastfeeding

Does my baby need water on hot days?

No!

Baby does need to breastfeed often and keep cool in a shady place though. Baby may want to breastfeed more often during very hot weather. Offer unrestricted access to the breast to keep baby hydrated.

Your milk will adjust and increase water volume to keep baby well hydrated if you feed as often as baby wants.

Signs of dehydration to watch out for:

  • Urinates less frequently (for infants, fewer than six wet diapers per day)
  • Parched, dry mouth.
  • Fewer tears when crying.
  • Sunken soft spot of the head in an infant or toddler.

If baby exhibits any of these symptoms contact their doctor or visit the hospital right away.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend keeping newborns and infants younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. The best protection from the sun for these infants is to stay in the shade. Look for shade under a tree or bring an umbrella or sun-blocking tent for outdoor play.
In most cases, infant’s skin is too sensitive for sunblock so your best bet is to stay indoors or keep baby completely shaded.

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