Why am I thirsty while breastfeeding?
30 degrees heat: is breastfeeding enough in summer?
When temperatures hit 30 degrees Celsius, babies' thirst grows too. But is breastfeeding enough in this summer heat? Or do breastfeeding children need additional fluids? Is Breast Milk Really Right? The answer is yes!
Breast milk is the ideal thirst quencher
Even with high outside temperatures in summer and very low or very high relative humidity (9 - 96%), your breastfeeding baby gets everything it needs on the breast, since breast milk consists of 88% water. In addition to sufficient fluids, breastfeeding children also get all the essential nutrients such as fats, proteins, carbohydrates and much more in order to develop optimally. Frequent and short breastfeeding meals on both breasts mean that breast milk has a high water content and low fat content - the ideal thirst quencher. For that to work, of course, you have to let your baby determine when to drink. Feel free to offer him the breast more often. Usually a few minutes per breast are enough to stop it from being thirsty.
Water can be dangerous
Extra water or tea can even be harmful to the baby, as they only fill the baby's stomach without providing any calories, nutrients, salts or minerals. In addition, they then drink less from their breasts, which can lead to less weight gain and a decrease in the amount of milk you produce. In addition, too much water in the first year of life can cause dangerous water poisoning. In the worst case this can lead to cerebral edema with symptoms such as headache, nausea, tremors, impaired consciousness and epileptic seizures. Water poisoning is the second most common cause of seizures in babies, after fever, and it is so easy to avoid. Bottled children should therefore never have baby food diluted with extra water, neither in summer when it is hot, nor to save powder!
Don't forget to drink!
Don't forget to drink enough, but don't overdo it. Because if you drink too much, you do not automatically produce more milk, but excrete more urine and your amount of milk can even decrease as a result. As a rule of thumb: 1 glass / cup per breastfeeding meal and whenever you are thirsty. It is best to use water or juice spritzers for the most part, because these are the perfect way to quench your thirst in summer and, unlike lemonade & Co., melt those pesky pregnancy pounds faster.
How do you like to spend those hot summer days with your baby? What's your favorite thirst quencher? Write to us[email protected] or simply aboutFacebook orInstagram.
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