Becoming pregnant means that mothers have to give up some creature comforts. One of which is soaking in a hot tub. This is unfortunate given that pregnancy is a time when women could greatly benefit from relaxing in a hot tub to ease their aches and pains. But because of the complications sitting in the hot water can bring to the pregnancy, healthcare professionals recommend against it. This is why once babies have been delivered, many women look forward to dipping their toes in a hot tub once again. And as long as mothers are not bringing their babies into the hot tub to breastfeed, they can go right ahead and do so.
Women who enjoyed a dip in a hot tub to relax at the end of the day before pregnancy may be looking forward to returning to their routine once their babies have been born.
According to Center Ob / Gyn, women should wait six to eight weeks postpartum before soaking in a hot tub. This is because for women who delivered vaginally their cervix is still slightly open and those who had a C-section should not soak their incisions for fear of infection.
But once this timeframe has cleared as long as women are given a clean bill of health, they can return to their hot tub as they please.
Here is why women should not use a hot tub while breastfeeding a baby.
Exposure To Germs In Hot Tub
While hot tubs are relaxing to soak in, they are also a location for several bacteria to thrive. Something that could cause babies to become sick if they breastfeed in the water.
According to LiveScience, the bacteria in hot tubs can cause some serious infections to be contracted. They include:
- Hot tub lung
- Hot tub rash
- Legionnaire’s disease
- Urinary tract infection
Furthermore, there could be allergic reactions to the chemicals used to clean the water.
As such, if breastfeeding babies, it is necessary to step out of the hot tub. This will keep little ones from being exposed to bacteria their immune systems may not yet be able to fight off at their young age.
Potential For Baby To Swallow Water
If babies are breastfeeding in a hot tub, there is a very real possibility that they will swallow some hot water. Something that is unhealthy to do.
According to MedicalNewsToday, one of the biggest problems with swallowing hot tub water is that there is chlorine in the water to kill the bacteria that could be lurking under the surface. And while it is unlikely that the amount of chlorine in the hot tub will cause complications if swallowed, there is still a possibility of chlorine poisoning, per the publication.
This is something that parents do not want to expose their babies to, regardless of how small the risk may be.
Baby’s Body Temperature Regulation
Babies are unable to regulate their body temperatures until they are nearly three months old. As such, bringing them into a hot tub to breastfeed could raise their temperatures to levels where “metabolic problems” can presentaccording to FamilyEducation. And this can lead to complications requiring medical intervention.
Per the publication, children under the age of five years old should not be allowed to soak in a hot tub. Once they are this age or older, they have the ability to recognize if they are getting too warm. The body can better regulate itself to keep the temperature consistent and the body systems will work properly.
Therefore, wait until the babies are older to bring them into the hot tub. Use it as a time to relax and unwind versus a place to multitask by breastfeeding little ones.
Source: Center Ob / Gyn, LiveScience, MedicalNewsToday, FamilyEducation
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