giving your baby Water Everyday is VITAL

Erica - posted on 10/14/2013 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Whether it's breastfed or bottle-fed, the baby need to take in clean water every single day, starting of at least one bottle. What is the percentage of water carried in our bodies? Now if we're denying our child water because a doctor or wic counselor tells us its not necessary, what do you feel will result longterm from this? Generations before the current one knew water HELPS cleanses the body of impurities and take away the thirst that milk can not do. (I'm in NO WAY saying not to give your baby milk, Yes, feed them MILK} however giving your child just formula alone can and will cause unnecessary health issues. SOME doctors, (notice I said SOME) especially those whose being paid by the state or government don't necessary care about your child's welfare, and will say just enough to pacify you, meaning quiet you up. If the answers their giving you just doesn't seem to add up, 1+1 = 2, time to go elsewhere. Children's hospitals is one of the best places for wellness care visits besides emergency situations.

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Sarah - posted on 10/14/2013

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Babies get water through their formula and breast milk.....there is no need to give a baby under 6 months water. It is also not recommended to give a baby under 6 months water. I have 3 healthy kids that did not have water until they were 6 months old. I have also done day care for infants for the last 13 years. All the infants do not receive water until they are at least 6 months old.......all these children are thriving and healthy.

Jodi - posted on 10/14/2013

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Um, actually, breastmilk and formula are full of water. It is generally totally unnecessary to supplement with water. On rare occasions you may need to for a formula fed baby due to constipation, but it should not be routine. Sorry, but your logic that we need to because our bodies are made up mostly of water is totally flawed. Have you looked up the potential dangers of giving baby water when it is not necessary.

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Jodi - posted on 10/16/2013

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LOL, Erica, I have been a mother for 16 years. Do you think the fact that you are a grandmother makes you better informed than everyone else? Sorry (insert fail buzzer sound here), wrong again. It doesn't. It's actually quite logical that there is sufficient water for MOST babies in breastmilk and formula. Giving advice to mothers that they should give their child water every day is actually dangerous as you create the potential for water intoxication which can kill a baby, or at the very least, cause serious harm. There's a long term result for you.

Delia - posted on 10/15/2013

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Very dangerous advice for breastfeeding mothers! Where are you getting your information from?? Since you are interested in giving advice on this subject, allow me to give you a good resource for ACCURATE information pertaining to breastfeeding.
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-s...

You may be interested to know that the water content and fat content of breastmilk changes according to the weather. When it is hot, the water content increases to accomodate the increased hydration needs of the baby. When it is cold, the fat content increases to accomodate the babies need for extra calories in order to stay warm.

Furthermore, breastmilk is 80% water. True fact.

When feeding FORMULA ONLY, you are correct, water supplementation may be needed.

User - posted on 10/15/2013

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My son didnt get water either until he was around 6-8 mo (cant rem. exactly) Event hen it was only 2 oz and I had to give it to him through a slow nipple, because even then first trying it he would choke. My dr recommended not even giving it to him until he was one, then getting him acquainted with it. I would be so scared to give water to a newborn, on how easy it was to choke at 6 mo, I can only imagine for a newborn. I myself could never do that. To every parent their own choices, but when it comes to safety choices, people need to be very careful in what they give their children.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/15/2013

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Erica Beasley, YOU are misinformed.

What you are describing is a one time case of formula fed constipation, NOT a norm for all children.

And, FYI, my children were both formula fed, and they still were not dehydrated for not being given straight water each day, every day until they were around 9 months old. And I've been a mom for 19.5 years, and a certified caregiver for 28 years.

Like Sarah, I believe what I have researched, NOT what others tell me, whether they've got a PhD or not.

Gena - posted on 10/15/2013

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My son also didnt get extra water till he was 6 months old.. he is healthy. Like the other moms said formula and breastfeed have enough water in it. Just think about the amount of water that is in a bottle of formula.And if you think logicaly,if a formula doesnt take their thirst away the babies would always be crying because they are thirsty..but they dont..and why?Because they are not thirsty after formula and getting enough liquids. Please excuse my spelling, English is not my first language,well actually it was but because we moved when i was young i didnt have much practise in writing and my German is waaaay better than english now.

Sarah - posted on 10/14/2013

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I have been a mother for 15 years......I believe the research I read. PS.....my doc.has been a doc for 30 yrs or more......so between my doc. and the research dated over many many many years....yes I am going to go with what that says. I also know that my parents never gave us water when we were infants and I am now 38 and doing pretty good, so nothing I have seen, read, or done says that I should go against what is advised.

Erica - posted on 10/14/2013

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By the way, I'm a mother of four healthy grown children, and new grandmother a 9 month old. My grandchild's mother is being told by health care professionals not to give her son water for the first six months of life and just a lil after this time period. My grandson is still suffering from a hernia from birth (which his doctor didn't discover, I knew something was wrong so started researching, then ask his doctor who agreed yes, he has an hernia, and yes, if able to, I do attend his doc appts.) still constipated until he visits me, and I give him water which usually takes about 2-3 days to push rock hard bowel movements through. When we started him on baby foods, his bowel movements started coming on it's own. However now he's back to being in constipated pain and also adding deep congestion. Mothers, please seek another opinion if your child's doctor doesn't seem to be listening to your concerns. He doesn't care for your child 24/7, he see's him/her once every 2-3 months or so for a few MINUTES. You know your child, seek another opinion if the answers your'e receiving isn't satisfying you please. I'm just the concern grandmother, so there's not much I can do but help ease his pain when I get him every two weeks. I would have change doctors from the get go.

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