Babies need breast milk fairly often when they’re young, so what do you do if you’re at the pool swimming when your baby needs to eat? It’s best to provide your child with breast milk to help them grow their immune systems and have a healthy diet for development. There are things you should know about babies and pool safety before trying breastfeed at the pool or hot tub.
Who should Know This Information?
Any breastfeeding mothers taking their young kids to the pool area should be aware of how to safely breastfeed their babies while there.
What do you do if…?
You need to breastfeed while at the pool?
If you are on the water, it’s best for you to get out of the pool, rinse off with soap and clean water, and put dry towels or clothes on your lap to insulate the baby before feeding them.
You need to breastfeed while in the hot tub?
You should ideally remove yourself from the hot tub, rinse off with soap and water, and dry yourself off before feeding the baby.
Tips On Safely Feeding A Baby While Swimming
- It’s risky to breastfeed your baby at the pool for two reasons: Babies cannot regulate their temperature as well as adults and they are at a larger risk of swallowing pool water.
- Whether you’re in a hot tub or a pool, the water temperature will be different than the pool temperature, meaning the child will be at risk of becoming too warm (hyperthermia) or too cold (hypothermia), both of which are dangerous conditions to a young baby.
- Swallowing pool water can cause RWIs in children, especially babies, much more easily than in adults or older children. The immune system of a young baby is not fully developed, so if germs do get into their system they will be more likely to result in sickness.
- Another risk with your baby swallowing pool water is the baby will get hyponatremia, a condition that results from the body fluids not holding enough sodium. Hyponatremia can cause seizures in infants.
- Ideally, you should get out of the water completely and wash off the breasts before feeding your baby. Your body will still be wet and possibly colder than normal on the outside once you’re outside of the pool water, so it’s a good idea to insulate the baby from direct contact with the water on your body to help them remain warm.
Taking your baby swimming with you can be a very enjoyable time, but when it comes time for feeding it is often much safer to remove yourself and your baby from the pool or hot tub water before breastfeeding. This is to ensure the safety of your child, as he or she is not as well developed as an older child or an adult and may not be able to handle the long exposure to the water temperatures or the accidentally swallowing of pool water.