Should I give my 3 month old juice?

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Dana - posted on 03/21/2012

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Yes, go with what a doctor suggests, but not a nurse in cases like this. Not ALL nurses know what they're talking about. I know some insanely smart and kind nurses AND I know some nurses where you wonder how in the hell they made it through high school, let alone college.

Sometimes breastfed babies just don't go that often. I know a couple mothers who have gone through extensive testing for a baby that only went once a week and they never found anything wrong. They just didn't go as often as other babies. You could just have perfect breast milk that's not causing a lot of waste! ;)

Karla - posted on 03/21/2012

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Maggie you say "One of the nurses at her pediatrician's office suggested giving her juice for constipation, I did give her 3 oz for two days. I did some research and found out that it is not recommended.. I will not be giving her anymore juice! She is exclusively breastfed right now."



A breastfed baby should not be constipated - and I see you've been reading up on it and realize that might not be the problem. (And don't trust that nurse's advice again!)



3 months is a growth spurt time, so she may be waking and upset at night in hunger. Also, as it's been suggested here, she may be sensitive to something you are eating such as dairy -- You could contact a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader to get more information on food sensitivities in breast fed babies.



Keep on breastfeeding though, that's great. And know that sometimes kids get fussy and we never know for sure why. I just remembered my kids were teething at 3 months -- the teeth showed up a month later. I was surprised with my first because that is a little early, but not uncommon. :-)

Amy - posted on 03/21/2012

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Why do you think she's constipated? Are her stools hard? Just because she's straining doesn't mean she's constipated. Also breastfed babies can go up to 14 days without a bowel movement, it doesn't mean they're constipated.

Kay - posted on 03/21/2012

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Maggie,



In all seriousness, have you looked at your diet? Sometimes breastfed babies react to what you are eating, and adjusting it can help ease the constipation. My mom always tells the "taco" story. She had tacos with sauce with my youngest sister, and the next day, my sis was gassy and fussy. No more tacos, and she was a happy baby there on out. ;)

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Bonnie - posted on 03/21/2012

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Nope. I would wait until at least 8 months. Even at that point, just a bit as a treat in the day and mix with half water.

Dana - posted on 03/21/2012

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If she's crying at night, it is possible that she's having reflux issues when she's laying down.

Minnie - posted on 03/21/2012

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My first regularly went 10 days without pooing as an infant.



This usually happens starting at around 5-6 weeks. Breastmilk is extremely digestible, so once their digestive systems mature more, there just isn't much to turn into poo.



Squirming, grunting and turning red in the face doesn't indicate constipation- it's just that it involves some complicated maneuvers to have a bowel movement. It can feel intense to one so small.

Maggie - posted on 03/21/2012

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I did not know breastfed babies can go over a week without a bowel movement, I just found out a couple of days ago. I thought she was constipated because she started to cry at night.

Merry - posted on 03/21/2012

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No way no how. My kids don't get juice until at least a year, hopefully longer!

Juice has no nutritional benefit, it can help in constipation but no dr is going to convince me that juice is better then breastmilk! Breastmilk is a laxitive too you know! So when mydaughter (10 months) got constipated from eating too much solids I didn't give her juice, I just stopped all solids and exclusively breastfed her until she went back to normal :)



Good job Maggie, keep double checking your dr and nurses advise. Double check your parents and in laws and friends advise too! And keep breastfeeding exclusively, your baby doesn't need juice. Nothing is better for your baby then your milk!

America3437 - posted on 03/21/2012

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I did but I watered it down half and half,never had any problems. He was eating carrots and cereal and mashed potatoes at that age. Even put a bit of cereal in his bedtime bottle and he slept through the night.

Dana - posted on 03/21/2012

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Very true, Sarah, the same could be said for doctors! Sometimes they are behind the times with newer info.

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To be fair, not all doctors know what they're talking about either, but that's beside the point.



Dana is quite right.It's quite normal for exclusively breastfed babies to go many days without dirtying a nappy, sometimes up to two weeks. This is because breastmilk is full of the good stuff your baby needs, and has less in it for the baby to get rid of.

Brittney - posted on 03/21/2012

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Oh! yeah 2oz of apple juice can be used for constipation, a friend of mine's baby had to have apple juice 1 month after he was born, go with what the doctor tells you. Or since you EBF change your eating habits.

Maggie - posted on 03/21/2012

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One of the nurses at her pediatrician's office suggested giving her juice for constipation, I did give her 3 oz for two days. I did some research and found out that it is not recommended.. I will not be giving her anymore juice! She is exclusively breastfed right now.

Brittney - posted on 03/21/2012

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That depends, why do you want to offer juice? Formula/breastmilk quenches their thirst at this age and I would wait, I waited until my daughter was 4 months before seeing if she liked juice and I put it in her sippy cup, it was also some juice with mostly water. Juices have a lot of sugar in them and they just don't need that much sugar at this age. If your baby isn't getting full off of breastmilk/formula, then maybe you should try baby cereal. (I count a lot of formula as 90 oz/day, Ruby was drinking that much by 2 months, so I introduced cereals). Ummm.for teething...a frozen wet washcloth was my daughters favorite.

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Oh HELL NO! Never ever give juice to a 12 week old! Their tiny tummies and digestive systems are not prepared for it! Breastmilk/formula is the ONLY thing a baby needs at this tender age. By introducing juice now you may potentially set up your baby for digestive issues and problems. There is ZERO nutrition in juice at this age- save it for maybe 1 year old. And at best, watered down and diluted. Heavily diluted. But 3 months do not need juice or baby cereal or any solids.

Minnie - posted on 03/21/2012

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No, juice is too boring.



I always gave them black coffee starting at two months. It was great for keeping them awake so they would sleep through the night.

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No. Breast milk or formula is all a 3 month old baby needs. Anything else CAN potentially cause harm and I wouldn't want to risk it.

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