Should i be giving water?

Arlene - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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my son is 4.5 months..should i be giving him water? he is EBF.

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No, it's for all babies under 6 months.  I found this.  I know it's just a blog, but it states the same thing as I was shown by my Healthy Start worker.  Sorry, I don't know what research thing it was from since it was several months ago (over 6 at least since my son is one now).  Maybe it's not accurate, but I wouldn't feel right if I hadn't shared it.



 



http://baby.families.com/blog/dont-give-...



 



 

Liz - posted on 04/15/2009

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I'd like to know the basis of that research.............maybe in areas where water is contaminated and not boiled and cooled before given to babies??



Advice I have been given by Paediatrician and have read in Baby Love (my baby bible!) is that boiled cooled water is fine, if they want it.  They don't need it though and as long as you keep your fluids up, you won't have a problem.   On warmer days, they may want to feed more often to quench their thirst.



Seems every grandma around suggests boiled water.  It was the done thing in 'their day' but  research has proven that it's not necessary for EBF bubs.

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There is research (sorry, don't know where it was) that giving water to an infant under 6 months old can kill them.

Emily - posted on 04/15/2009

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You can give a little water but he doesn't need it. Just make sure you are drinking plenty of it!

Apryl - posted on 04/15/2009

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I was told with both my kids that I could star water at 4 months in a 2 handled sippy cup. I usually give my 10 month old like 2 oz or so with each meal. And then I still nurse him after he is done with solids. It won't hurt your baby to give him water. You might want to ask his doctor, just to make sure.  

Kyla - posted on 04/15/2009

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yes every 2-3 days is normal. Breastfed babies can actually go like 8 days without problems. When my son was about 4.5 months we gave him some water in a sippy cup because he kept trying to take my cups. It just seemed like he wanted to put something like my glass in his mouth too. He just liked to play with it he really wouldn't drink it. We did not give it to him for nutrition purposes or to quench thurst. He was EBF at the time.



The sippy cup he has has a straw looking piece on it that is soft like silicone. When he was teething I would keep a sippy in the fridge with previously boiled water in it so that it was cold. He would tip the cup so that the water would go into the straw and he would chew on the straw to relieve teething pain.

Jodie - posted on 04/15/2009

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only give baby water when they are on solids as there isnt enough water in food for them or if it is really hot

Arlene - posted on 04/15/2009

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good, cause i dont want to give water..but my mom and grandma is insisting that i do...



describe a BF constipated baby.  my LO doesnt poo everyday, maybe every 2-3 days..and that is fine..right?

Mary Hazel - posted on 04/14/2009

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hello. my daughter is three months and she also got constipated. my pedia suggested that I give her 1 oz of water to help her. we did that but she doesn't like it!

Kylie - posted on 04/13/2009

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EBFeeding is always best. even when the weather is really hot they don't need any water to supliment. You may find if they are thirstier they may 'snack' at the breast a little more often getting the thinner foremilk and stopping as the thicker hind milk comes in. Just be sure to keep your fluids up and he will need nothing else for a long time to come. :o)

Tamara - posted on 04/13/2009

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Quoting Brandi:

What is EBF? My son is 5 months old, and he had problems with constipation last week. The nurse at my ped's office said that at 4 months you can start giving them the apple juice that's made for babies. She said only 2-4 ounces a day, no more. If he doesn't seem to need it I would stick to just breastmilk. I think the more they get of your milk the better. I'm only giving him 2 ounces of juice a day between one of his feedings because he gets constipated if I don't. I definitely wouldn't replace a feeding with water or juice.


Exclusively Breast Fed is often shortened to EBF.

Brandi - posted on 04/13/2009

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What is EBF? My son is 5 months old, and he had problems with constipation last week. The nurse at my ped's office said that at 4 months you can start giving them the apple juice that's made for babies. She said only 2-4 ounces a day, no more. If he doesn't seem to need it I would stick to just breastmilk. I think the more they get of your milk the better. I'm only giving him 2 ounces of juice a day between one of his feedings because he gets constipated if I don't. I definitely wouldn't replace a feeding with water or juice.

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