Breastfeeding as a new Mom doesn’t mean you need to stay in the house all the time. So get outside and enjoy the fresh air. But what happens if your baby gets hungry while you are outside?
Good thing you can surely use an outdoor insect repellent that can protect you and your baby. Many of the repellents on the market are safe for your baby, but some are not.
Here are a few questions that you might ask yourself when looking at insect repellents while breastfeeding.
- What is safe and healthy for you and your baby?
- What will protect you and the baby from bug bites?
- What will soothe existing bug bites and be safe for your baby?
- What type of internal medicine can you take that will be safe for your baby while breastfeeding?
Did you know that breastfeeding has been on the rise for many years? According to the CDC, 3 out of 4 mothers now start off breastfeeding.
That is a lot of babies, considering 4,136,000 babies were born in the U.S. in 2009. According to some U.S. government agencies like the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there are government goals in place to have breastfeeding increase even more over time.
The reason why these government agencies want more women to breastfeed is because of all the benefits for the baby and the mother.
Now let’s go over insect repellents that are safe and protective for you and your baby:
The main active ingredient in a safe repellent is Citriodiol and not DEET.
Citriodiol and essential oils from plants are the key ingredients in many of the insect repellents today. And, though DEET is a great insect repellent, it is much too strong for babies and sensitive skin.
If any critters do get past the insect repellent, make sure you, the Mom, take precautions on what you take to sooth you and your baby’s pain.
For example, don’t take antihistamine pills from the medicine cabinet if you are breastfeeding. Instead, it is better to wash off the insect bit with soap and water.
This will help prevent the area from becoming infected and remove any stingers that might have been left behind. Once the area is washed thoroughly you can then apply an ice pack and calamine lotion to relieve the itching.
Another alternative to relieve itching and swelling would be to use baking soda and some water to create a paste to apply to your baby’s skin.
If the swelling worsens or if you or your baby have an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately. And, if you become dizzy or swelling moves to another part of you or your baby’s body, seek medical attention as well.
So remember, when you are outside it is perfectly alright to breastfeed your baby. Just take a few precautions to help protect yourself and your baby from the environment around you.
Also, remember to avoid wearing dark clothes. For some reason, it seems those pesky insects are attracted to dark clothes.