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Inside: Discover five clever breastfeeding tips that made my life easier during the summer.
This piece has been sponsored by MULTIWEAR. All opinions are my own.
Once your baby is breastfeeding, there are some ways to make your life easier when you are out and about. Summer is no exception. The heat and high levels of activity can make it challenging to nurse your baby, especially if you are at the beach, pool, backyard BBQ, etc. Thankfully, there are five clever breastfeeding tips to make life easier this summer.
5 Clever Breastfeeding Tips You Need to try this Summer
Keep a Pillow in the Car
Keeping a small pillow in the car can be useful for many reasons. Not only can you use it as a support for under the baby’s body, but it will also help you get comfortable if you are sitting in the sand at the beach or on a hard bench at the park. When you are stuck in one position for twenty minutes at a time, having a pillow can be a total lifesaver.
Wear Nursing Tops
Wear a nursing top so that you are ready to breastfeed whenever and wherever you are. I like to use the Summer Tank Cardimom® Open Weave Sweater because it is designed specifically for pregnant and nursing mamas. You can wear it several different ways, including as a swim cover up. That way you always have a quick and convenient cover to breastfeed. I like that you can also use it to protect your baby from the sun by using it as a car seat cover. Wearing nursing tops will enable you to have the freedom you need to nurse throughout the day.
Pre-pack Water and Snacks
If you know you are going to be away from the house, make sure you pack plenty of water so you can stay hydrated and keep your milk flow up. I also like to pre-pack snacks like fruit, veggies, nuts, hummus, hard boiled eggs, and food with whole grain in little baggies that are ready to go. This makes life easier when you are rushing around to leave.
Prepare for Breastfeeding in Public
If you are not comfortable breastfeeding in public, they are a few tips for getting yourself ready. One is to practice ahead of time with the cover or clothing that you will be using. Also, taking the time to select a spot that you will be most comfortable in. I prefer to find a space where there will not be many people sitting behind me, if possible.
Bring a Blanket
I like to use a lightweight blanket to swaddle around the baby. Even in the heat, this can be great because you prevent your bodies from sticking together in the heat. Also, swaddling the baby may help him or her take a better nap.
What is your favorite breastfeeding tip for the summer?
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PS – If you enjoyed this piece, you may also like The Ultimate Guide to Ensure Your Breastfeeding Success.