We’ve heard from many of you recently, concerned your milk supply is suffering. What many moms don't take into consideration is the hot summer weather. In some cases moms have said they're yielding 10-15% less during each pumping session.
In hot summer months, especially if you spend a lot of time outside, your body works harder to regulate your body temperature and you are likely to perspire more. All this means it’s likely you need to drink more water during the hotter months.
Before you begin to panic that your milk supply is dwindling, make sure you’re not thirsty, your urine is not yellow, and you’re getting at least eight 8/10 glasses of water daily.
Another explanation is anxiety.
When the weather is hot it’s more likely that you’ll be uncomfortable. If you pump when you're uncomfortable you’ll probably yield less milk because you’re not relaxed and letting down. If you’re yielding less milk you’ll likely get frustrated and then anxious. It’s a cyclical problem.
Don’t pump where you’re uncomfortable. If you can try not to pump outside or in a warm room. Find an air conditioned space or a fan or a calming breeze. Before you begin pumping re-center yourself with a series of calming breaths to quiet any anxiety. Then turn on the pump, close your eyes, and use the time to relax as best you can.
Happy pumping mamma