Should I give my 3 month old juice?
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Dana - posted on 03/21/2012
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
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
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
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. ;)
Minnie - posted on 03/21/2012
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.
Merry - posted on 03/21/2012
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!
User - posted on 03/21/2012
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.
Maggie - posted on 03/21/2012
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
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.
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.
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