Warning to mothers feeding babies formula....PLEASE READ!!!

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have just noticed that alot of people are telling mothers to add more water to the formula to help with there constipated baby. I know that it sounds like a good idea to dilute the water... but its actually very dangerous, and your giving wrong advice to mothers who don't know about these things. My friend is a midwife and she told me that it is such a No No and anyone that does needs to stop immediately.



This info is also based on people trying to save money but its still the same thing...Adding more water to formula.



EL PASO, Texas -- Health officials are warning parents who add too much water to their baby’s formula could be putting their baby’s lives in danger



"If you over dilute the formula, what could happen is the baby is not getting enough nutrition as far as what they would need based on the guidelines that are on the can," said Bethany Romero"



Romero said too much water can lead to serious health problems.



“Well they'll have too many electrolytes in their system. They can suffer from seizures, they can have heart problems because of that," Romero said.



As a father Gonzalez said it is pricey feeding an infant.



"It's expensive because at the end of the month, I start to buy an extra can or two," he said. However, Gonzalez said he would never add too much water just to save money, even though cans of baby formula can cost about $14 per can.



"I think that's just being negative,” he said. “It's really just being cheap."



Last month in Florida, an infant nearly died after the mother mixed too much water with the infant’s formula.



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If you want the web address with all the information let me know.



IM NOT TRYING TO BE NASTY EITHER IM JUST TRYING TO HELP...SO PLEASE DON'T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY. HOPE IT HELPS!!!

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Johnny - posted on 02/24/2010

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Fantastic information Jade. I have seen this uninformed advice on watering down formula for a constipated baby and it just sends shivers up my spine. Sandi's link should just cement this information into all mama's minds. I hope we all will not be afraid to set the record straight if we see this advice being given out in other threads. It could save the life of a precious little one.

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Jessica - posted on 04/17/2012

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i knw this may be a silly question, but im a new mom of twins. i use powdered formula..and ive noticed that sometimes the scoops arent completely full down at the bottom. would that be enough to be a problem? or is it a larger amount of water? ive never had babies before, so i worry about everything.

Sara - posted on 02/26/2010

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Very true, Jade. Extra water is dangerous to young infants...thanks for posting this!

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if it says it on the formula tin& it does on the brands in ireland..... then its there for a reason i agree 100% Jade.:)

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010

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Thats awesome Dana, I have been on other sites i wont say what they are but the mothers on it call it a "Whamoh attack" where they all attack someone if they don't like what they have said...a mother on the site gave the advice to add more water to a baby's bottle to help with constipation and i just replyed to her saying that its dangerous in the nicest way pissible and whamoh i was attack by about 10 mother lol...at the end of it one mother said to me "you just survived your first of many whamoh attacks" i personally think that rediculous!!!! So far i havn't once come across any bitching (excuse the language) and i hope that i don't come across any either.

Krista - posted on 02/24/2010

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That's a really valuable reminder, Jade, thanks. I once inadvertently mixed my baby's formula at half-strength, while sleep-deprived, and once I realized what I had done, I freaked right out and called 811 (our 24/7 healthline, which is staffed by nurses). The nurse I talked to said that one time wouldn't hurt him, but that yes, there are mothers who do that to try to save money, and that it can do very severe damage to the baby.

Dana - posted on 02/24/2010

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Jade, I have to say it is nice to hear someone compliment this site. I know we, on the Welcome Page, try hard to keep this community running smoothly.

LauraBeth - posted on 02/24/2010

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I had to switch to formula when my son decided that he no longer wanted breastmilk :0(

I have never even though about watering down formula, and couldn't even think about doing it! I have to say my son is SO MUCH HAPPIER since the switch and it is really scary that improper use of such a vital part of a infants growth, I guess I just dont understand (unless medically nes.) for any reason why you would want to risk your childs health to save a buck.

Thank you Jade for a wonderful post!!

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hi Jodi,

If your told to do it by a doctor then its for a good reason and im sure that a doctor wouldn't give bad advice and if it was closely monitored then thats even better.

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010

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Thank you so much!!! That should def stop anyone from giving advice to mums to dilute the formula...see people shouldn't give any advice to anyone unless they know all the facts...

Jodi - posted on 02/24/2010

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Thanks Jade. My son was almost fully formula fed, and I am in 100% agreement with you. If you are going to adjust the water/formula ratio, ONLY EVER do it under the care of a pediatrician/doctor.



Just for the info, I had to add additional water to my son's formula, but only under the direction of his doctor (and we had our reasons) and it was closely monitored.

Emilie - posted on 02/24/2010

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I have also heard about mothers watering down whole milk.

I have never watered down my kids formula or whole milk. I have heard that they will not get enough nutrition that way, but I have never heard about babies getting to much water.

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010

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Yeah...i didn't put this up for money issues more for mothers who think it will help ladies with constipated babies...your totally right though if they need help they should just apply WIC...we call it centrelink or the doll in Aus lol...but they do help you if you need it.

Abbie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Adding too much water, or extra water rather can give your child a "water drunk" causing severe retardation later. Not worth it, it if you need help with formula apply for WIC that is why they are there!!!

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010

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Thanks Dana!
Just trying to put the message across without anyone thinking im picking on them...some people just get so offended these days...even when your trying to help.
I must say though this website has hardly any nasty mothers on it compaired to other ones i've been on. IT'S GREAT!

~Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2010

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Ladies,



Please do not use this thread as a platform for a breast vs. bottle debate, or it will be immediately shut down



Thanks to the OP for this valuable information!



~Jenn~

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