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Breastfeeding is, without a doubt, the best form of feeding for the newborn, since it is the way that nature has established for mammals to feed their young until they are ready to eat other foods. However, many mothers have the doubt whether to offer the baby some other liquid, especially in the hot months. Follow these tips to breastfeed your baby in the summer. How to manage breastfeeding and heat.
The World Health Organization recommends that breastfeeding be maintained exclusively for the first 6 months of life and then, combined with other foods, continue for at least 2 years of life.
When we talk about exclusive breastfeeding, it means that absolutely nothing is offered to the baby other than breast milk, no water, no herbal teas, or orange juice when constipated: only breast milk. However, it is easy for this to become contradictory or difficult to argue when summer arrives and its hot temperatures arrive. Then what do we do? Should I change the way I breastfeed my baby when the heat hits?
The answer is overwhelming: NO. Breastfeeding should remain exclusive with high temperatures. By following these easy tips, you will have no problem quenching your baby's thirst:
Hydration: The mother must stay hydrated - drinking water, eating salads or drinking fruits rich in water such as watermelon, melon, strawberries ...), not because it will affect her milk production or its quality, but for her own health. Breast milk is not influenced by the mother's dehydration until it is very evident - close to or even higher than 10%, at which point maternal health is seriously compromised - milk production remains stable.
Alert: The mother should be alert to the baby's early signs of hunger / thirst, to prevent dehydration. If we wait too long, that is, if we do not offer the baby the breast until he is already crying, we are hearing late signs of his hunger / thirst, and he will easily be reaching an undesirable percentage of dehydration in a baby.
I respect: The demand of the baby must be respected 100%. While respecting their demand is something desirable at all times, when the heat is hot it is even more so, since it is breast milk that will meet their water needs and therefore that will prevent dehydration of the baby.
Do not force: Your baby's feedings in hot weather become shorter and more frequent. Breast milk varies its composition during feeding, being more watery at the beginning, to satisfy the baby's being, and more fat at the end, to satisfy it. If the baby is able to regulate the duration and frequency of his feedings, he is able to obtain both the water and the nutrients he needs to meet all his needs.
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