In very hot weather, if your baby isn't wanting to breastfeed as vigorously as usual, it may be that she is overheated or overdressed.
- Those new clothes look lovely, but they are holding her body heat in. If you don't have air-conditioning, she is more comfortable if dressed in just a nappy (diaper). Perhaps a very, very thin little cotton top, at most.
- Feeding cues may be less obvious. If your baby is stirring, it helps to sponge her down with a wet face cloth, enough to wet her skin.
- (Careful! The water from the "cold" tap may actually be hot - as it was at my place the other day - and need cooling down.)
- About halfway through the feed, perhaps when you usually change sides or change her nappy, she may feel hot from being against your body. So this is another good time to sponge her face, head, chest and back. Chances are, she will feel more comfortable and feed better after that.
- She may want short feeds more often to keep her fluids up. Your milk gives her the fluid she needs, as well as being food.
- Electric fans are helpful, and if you have an air-conditioner in even one room, this can help keep your baby cool in the hottest part of the day.
- Look at my older posts on this blog for more ideas.
NB. If your baby doesn't wake and feed and becomes lethargic, and her urine (pee) is darker, seek medical advice immediately.