Summer is in full swing and that means festivals, barbeques and lots of time soaking up the sun! Breastfeeding should not get in the way of having fun, but there are a few things to keep in mind when the temperature rises.

Stay hydrated! This is the most important thing to remember. Keep a water bottle handy, and even try sipping while you are nursing. (Remember, caffeine is a diuretic, so you can’t count that cup of coffee.)

Find a cool spot. If you are outside, look for shade and if you don’t have air conditioning, try finding a library, museum or mall during the hottest part of the day (1-4pm.)

Stay dry. Sweat can make it difficult for a baby to latch on. Keep a towel handy in your diaper bag. You can also carry a light cloth to put between you and baby. Dress in lightweight, breathable clothing and do the same for your little one.

Eat lots of fruits and veggies! This is another way to get more fluids. Try making frozen fruit-sicles for a refreshing treat!

Remember, babies get all the fluid they need from breastmilk so there is no need to give them extra water.

Families love the variety of festivals around town and Gallatin Breastfeeding Coalition loves making sure you have a safe, comfortable tent for feeding, changing and relaxing with your baby throughout the day.

Look for us at the following events:

  • Music on Main: Downtown Bozeman, every Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, June 29-August 17
  • Big Sky Country Fair: Gallatin County Fairgrounds, July 17-23
  • Sweet Pea Festival: Lindley Park, August 4-6
  • The Big Latch On: Bozeman Public Library Front Lawn, 10am-2pm, Saturday, August 5
  • Potato Festival: Town of Manhattan, Saturday, August 19
  • Catapalooza: Montana State University Campus, August 24-25
  • Digger Days: Knife River Facility, 9am-4pm, Saturday, August 26
  • Belgrade Fall Festival: Lewis and Clark Park, 10am-4pm, Saturday, September 16