Maria - posted on 09/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
Is it alright to give a 7 month old water at night instead of breastmilk? My baby wakes up every two hours and suckles on the breast but doesn't really drink that much. She just wants to be held I guess. After she finally falls back to sleep I keep her upright for 30 minutes because I just don't know how much she drank and don't want her to get reflux. Someone suggested that I tried giving her water for a few nights instead of breast at night to see if it's just because she wants mommy or if she really is thirsty.
I've already increased her solids. She eats 4 oz. veggie, 4 oz. fruit and 1.25 oz. meat for lunch and dinner. Then in the morning and evening she has 4 TBSP of Rice Cereal with Breastmilk. She nurses for about 4 times during the day and about 3 times at night.
Anyone have any suggestions about the water or anything other ideas. I really would love to give my baby all the attention I can but I have a 6-year old, and 5-year old twins to look after too. I'm just tired of being in a bad mood all the time due to lack of sleep. I didn't get a full night sleep till the twins were about 2-years old and it was because they would wake up and not know how to put themselves back to sleep without mommy rocking and soothing them. I don't want that to happen again. I want to teach my baby to be able to put herself back to sleep if she wakes up but not sure if I'm ready to let her cry it out just yet. Tried it one night and my heart just broke. Or maybe that's what I need to do. i don't know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.