should i give my baby water?
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Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2010
I am a nurse with breastfeeding background. Water is empty calories and in fact can cause malnutrition as it is empty calories and will full them up. Breastfeeding is the best thing you can do. Use one breast at a time. The first few minutes they suck they get a thin fluid something like water that quenches their thirst then the more thick hind milk comes in which has all the fat and you will find they take slower sucks at this point. If they finish and want more you can offer the 2nd breast otherwise use it for the next feeding. you will find each feeding to be different and if you were to examine breast milk at every feed it is different. Sometimes you may feel like the baby doesn't get enough as they want to nurse all the time. well they are telling you they need more and this is the way to make more, supply and demand and it will take a few days to build up more milk so don't subsitute at this point or you will not make the milk needed for the baby. Bottlefed moms just make more in a bottle but you have to create more which means the baby will nurse more. Hope this helps
Nikita - posted on 03/04/2010
with my little girl i gave her a tiny bit of water from 3 weeks, it was extremely hot and i found this was the one thing that would settle her down rather than feeding her more, soon found she wasn't actually hungry all she needed was a little bit more water to keep her hydrated. I was told not to by health centre nurses and told by doctors i should, in which case it was only very small amounts.
Water is great to give a baby sometimes my daughter seems to be fussy, but is not hungry and when I introduced water to her she seem to enjoy it as if it quenched her thirst. Meaning they can get thirsty, but not be hungry 1oz of water won't hurt and dont purchased the water with floride in it. What I do is take the tap water and boil it that purifies the water and its cheaper. By the way I did this for all four my my children. Good luck
Chris - posted on 02/26/2010
Babies do cry when thirsty as well !! A drink of cooled boiled water can help prevent oral thrush developing in milk deposits left in the mouth.If a baby who has taken a good feed previously cries for example,an hour afterwards,the chance are its thirsty. and an ounce or two of water will not harm. Wouldnt you feel thirsty at times if someone was to continually feed you with fliud the consistancy of gravy all the time??
Christina - posted on 03/09/2010
I think I introduced water into my son's "everyday life" at around three months. I was also unsure of when to introduce it. He is now 11 months and he enjoys water so much. He will have maybe a bottle and a half a day. I would give the advice to go with your instinct. My uncle wanted to introduce a little younger than 3 months but I was breastfeeding and I thought the foremilk produced from my breast was sure to quench any thirst he had. IMHO I think a month old is a little young, only because babe's needs more nutrients at the moment and water could make baby full and not really want milk. Ultimately though, go with what feels right to you. :) Good luck!
Mandy - posted on 03/07/2010
GOD YES!!!! water will not nor will it ever hurt a child of any age. i gave my daughter and still do nothing but water or milk. she doesnt get juice or soda, trying to keep her teeth healthy. water is great for pooping and regularity and it keeps them healthy. i never boiled mine or bought it from a store. plain water is fine. make sure that you have flouride though, well water is not that good for them. no amount, too much or too little, will hurt!!!!! doctors will try to tell you that its in the breastmilk or store formula, but not enough, trust me. my daughter never got sick til she started kindergarten and i think it had something to do with all the water she drank.
Roni - posted on 03/04/2010
You do not have to give your baby any water, that child is getting plenty from you. Water is empty of calories or nutrients of any sort. All your baby needs right now is your milk. You on the other hand need to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated so that you can produce enough milk
Trese - posted on 03/03/2010
no I read on babycenter.com that babies should not have water within there first year. Water is not to be substituted for formula or breast milk. I have given my son pedialite before. If I need to give him some little tummies gripe water or administer medicine. I might mix it with pedialite. I breastfed as well.
Danita - posted on 02/26/2010
Yes yes yes!!! about an oz. a day and plain. start trying to introduce it now... will help with healthier teeth when they come in. and then when he wants a bottle to sleep with you can make it water. use the baby bottled water too. sometimes we might not drink enough water and that comes through in our breast milk, mother of six and i breast fed them all.
Sharon - posted on 02/26/2010
No breast fed babies get all the fluid they need from your milk. You shouldnt give water unless dehydrated and you'd know if he was if no wet nappies or dry mouth. If there is a health reason that make you think he needs more fluids or he is losing alot of weight then you should speak to your HV as he may not be feeding ok. Its hard to know where to turn as a new mum but trust in your own instinct and try not to listen too much to the do's and don'ts family and friends try to push onto you. I now have a very healthy two year old who was breast fed and did not have any water in the first 8 months, even now his fluids come from mainly milk. Hope this helps.
Lisa - posted on 02/25/2010
I have a preemie son and all the doctors and nurses in the NICU and his baby doctor now have all told me it's okay to give him water. If you are breastfeeding the baby is getting water from your breast milk. As with forumla when you mix it with water. You don't have to give you baby water right now but it wont hurt. Once you start giving him baby food you will want to give the baby water after his feeding.
Antonia - posted on 02/25/2010
No you shouldnt' w/ formula or breast milk he recieves enough throu those. If your just pumping him unnecessary water he may become sick. If your just worried about keeping his gums and tongue clean just a damp wash clothe his of course and wipe his mouth out after feedings this will keep his tongue milk free and breath from smelling sour @ times
Christine - posted on 02/24/2010
There is enough water in formula and in your breastmilk. I know that we are only confusing you like everyone else was but if your baby is only a month old just breast feed him and keep your self hydrated.You know Doctor's do alot of training before they become professionals I think they know what they are talking about.
April - posted on 02/24/2010
I gave my three kids water as newborns. I would boil some water on the stove for atleast 10 mins and put the water into bottles and keep them in the fridge. I would warm the water up to the same temperature you would warm formula before I gave them their bottle of water. I only would let them drink no more then an ounze or 2 at a time...and this was about a half hour after they had their bottle of formula. Water is very good for alot of things including regular bowl movements...
Deb - posted on 02/24/2010
It seems to me that a baby would need water or it could become dehydrated. I gave my kids water in addtion to breast-feeding when they were little and they grew up healthy. My oldest daughter gave her son water too. I don't see a problem with it. Now juices...that I would wait a little bit for.
Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2010
naaaaahhhh...he is good right now ...if he is breast feeding he is getting enough water from u right now ...but if he is fussy or whatever in between feedings it will be fine to give him about 1 ounce of water..but other than that your good ..it wont hurt him its just water....
i say all this because i breastfeed and was concerned about the same things so....no worries...
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