can i give my 1 1/2 month old water?

Erin - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 203 moms have responded )

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i nurse my 1 1/2 month old as often as she wants to and yet she still seems hungry, or at least she cries like she is..i walked in on my husband with a bottle of water in her mouth and freaked because water doesnt have the nutrients that babies need..so my question is, is it all right to give her water to give the satisfaction of feeling like shes full?

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Kristy - posted on 01/19/2010

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Cooled boiled water is fine in between feed's, if you feel she isn't filling up on milk alone try adding 1-2 scoops of Karicare Food Thickener to breast or bottled milk. Be careful though just try 1 scoop for the 1st couple day's as she might become constipated, if this happens give her 50ml of cooled boiled water with a teaspoon of brown sugar and it will act like a laxitive and is very safe. If your unsure call your pediatrtion or doctor. Hope this helps :)

Leanne - posted on 01/19/2010

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Just a small amount like maybe an ounce or 2. Make sure you boil it first and let it cool down. Water is good for babies, they give them water bottles in the nursery at the hospital. Do not sweeten it with sugar have the baby get used to good old plain water, it will make your life easier when they are older :)

Donna - posted on 01/19/2010

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A little bit of boiled cooled water is fine as a thirst quencher at her age. Wouldn't say it's any good to fill her up as you may find if she has too much she may start losing weight as not enough room in her little tummy for milk. hope that helps.

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CLAUDIA - posted on 01/19/2010

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cooled boiled water is fine, i gave it to all my 4 boys they get thirsty too they do not always want a feed but sometimes they just want a drink just like we do, sometimes you find a small drink is all they want just to settle them down, at the end of the day do waht you think maks your baby happy.

Sarah - posted on 01/19/2010

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Make sure when she's feeding that she completely empties one breast before putting her on the other. The foremilk, which comes first is the thirstquencher. (hence no need for giving water to a breastfed baby.) The hindmilk is what fills them up and has extra calories needed for growth.



If she's having a growth spurt she may need to feed every couple of hours anyway.

Jessica - posted on 01/19/2010

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I give my daughter water in between feedings(she is 9 wks)...just to satisfy her...she is always wanting to eat and a few ounces is not going to hurt her as long as shes still wanting the formula to get her nutrients she needs...

Renee - posted on 01/19/2010

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i dont think so maybe if she has diarrhea and i would mix pedialyte with it im no dr. but i would not let them chug a bottle of water maybe a few sips i dont think they are supposed to get water really til bout 6 months

September - posted on 01/19/2010

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No it's not ok. It will cause her to feel full and it provides no nutrients at all.

Jelissa - posted on 01/19/2010

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water is not something just extremely bad but your baby is a little young . if you do give her water it needs to be nursery water and i wouldn't give her that much at all and i most definitely would'nt give it 2 her every day. if she has the hick-ups or something like that i would give her some w/ a little bit of sugar in it, but that's it until she is at least 6-9 mnths

Andrea - posted on 01/19/2010

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I'm sorry - but the whole "my baby turned out fine" thing is just not a good enough excuse! there are women who drank alcohol throughout their pregnancies and their baby turned out fine too! (by some miracle) - that doesn't make it okay to drink alcohol while you are pregnant.

If your baby seems fussy after feeding - then put her back on the boob! :) It may be a growth spurt and the only way for your body to start producing enough milk to satisfy her is to constantly stimulate and feed - otherwise it wont know to increase the milk supply.

Buck-altiery - posted on 01/19/2010

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once in a while i would say is good , just to wet her whisel but not too much at once and not too often

Julie - posted on 01/19/2010

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It's important to stay on schedules. Maybe your baby is crying because of tummy aches. The baby gets plenty of water through your breast milk. Use a pacifier. I cannot stress enough how much feeding schedules will help in your life.

Theresa - posted on 01/18/2010

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I was always told by my kids' docs to not give water to a baby under 6 months. They don't need it. They get all the water they need from formula or breast milk. Water will fill her up, but as you said has no nutrients.

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2010

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When my daughter was really young, like 2 months or so, I gave her water. I just boiled it, then cooled it first. And I only gave it to her once in a while. She had a horrible cold once and the dr told me not to ive her juice, and milk was bad for her phlem, so they suggested water. It isn't a big deal. Isabella turned out fine!

Brenda - posted on 01/18/2010

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Yes you absoutely can give her water. You can give a newborn water it is very good for them and they need water just like we do. Water is not going to hurt them at all.

Brittany - posted on 01/18/2010

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I had the same problem while I was breastfeeding. I would talk to your doctor about it. I chose to switch to formula as my breast milk was not "thick" enough and thus was not filling her up. I wouldn't recommend feeding her just water to "fill her" as this isn't providing the proper nutrients. The only time a doctor would recommend water I believe is when they are sick/have diarrhea because this will keep them hydrated

Leanna - posted on 01/18/2010

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i used to give my son boiled cooled water,but it wasnt a full bottle or for comfort if her milk is not filling her i would try give her more milk or even try a hungray babies milk which will give her all the nutrient they need

Cassie - posted on 01/18/2010

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The reason water can be dangerous for such a young infant is that breastmilk and formula have the necessary water a baby needs. When a baby that young is given additional water on top of breastmilk or formula, it throws off the sodium balance in their body and can actually lead to seizures or death.

I agree with the other mothers that this baby most likely has a strong suck reflex and would benefit from using a pacifier in between feeds.

Brie - posted on 01/18/2010

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as long as the water was boiled first and at room temperature. Don't give too much either, my daughter is 7 weeks and i have given her water twice (only 2oz each time and not on the same day) to help with constipation. Just make sure she is getting enough food, the water should never be taking the place of food!

Mel - posted on 01/18/2010

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thankyou Michelle that is good to know I am unsure why some countries think it is dangerous :S but I very much appreciate the response

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No. 1 1/2 months you should not be giving a baby water ( unless recommended under medical advice for constipation or dehydration).
If you are still breastfeeding and unhappy with whether or not your daughter is getting enough milk I recommend seeking out more support from your healthcare professional.

Erin - posted on 01/18/2010

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Water is not necessary at such a young age. If you breastfeed on demand, and she still cries, perhaps there is another reason for her being unsettled. She may be tired, or have wind, or may simply still want to suck for comfort. Offer her a dummy/pacifier as it will help with all three possibilities (the sucking action actually works to relieve any wind pain by relaxing the gut muscles and letting the air release).

Guidelines for the introduction of water seem to differ between countries, but there is really no need for it until they begin solids and the amount of bottles or breastfeeds begin to decrease. Until then, they get all the fluid they need to remain hydrated from their milk.

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hi Erin - can I recommend a book called "Baby Love". It has answers to any baby question you can think of. My baby bible!! Water is not preferred for a bub of that age, but the book does say that a small amount of cooled, boiled water in between feeds may help settle an unsettled baby. And it would give you a bit of a break if your husband gives it to bub, plus give him something meaningful to do as well. But remember that water should not replace breastfeeding. Continue to nurse as often as bub wants it, and don't go overboard with the water - only small amounts. Good luck! Maybe try a dummy for settling too as other mums have suggested....

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2010

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oops. i am sorry i thought it said 1 1/2 years not months. no, water for a baby that young can be harmful!

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2010

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One and a half is plenty old for water,. With both my girls i was told we could introduce small amounts of water or juice at 6 months. preferably in a sippy cup.

Rebecca - posted on 01/18/2010

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I gave it to my baby when he was about 3 months old to see if it would settle him better, as I think feeding was a lot about comfort rather than hunger sometimes. As long as it is cooled, boiled water and not straight out the tap, it should be fine. But only in small amounts and not very often. At 1 1/2 months old, your baby is hungry for food (milk) so water probably won't satisfy her.

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2010

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To Mel and Hayley



Im from the UK and mother to a 10 month old girl, in the UK we are taught to give cooled boiled water in between feeds regardless wether your breastfeeding or formula feeding but with breatfeeding the baby gets both a drink and fed so talk to your doctor or health visitor

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2010

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yeah you can give her cooled boiled water in between feeds if shes thirsty but not water straight out of a tap

Rikki - posted on 01/18/2010

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ok maby try to express more breast milk for her water is not going to help her grow in any way at all yes we all need water but not at 1 and a half months your milk is all she needs if she is still hungry express more for her and store it in the freezer if you have to much then dad can also feed her when she is fussy and hungry to give you a break :) good luck

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2010

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if your breast feeding she is getting plenty of water from you, i its a hot day u may notice ur breast milk is more watery it changes with the climate and what your child would need. I would definately no give me 1.5month old water. I think they only recommend samll portions from about 3months.. But yes seek ur doctors advice

Katy - posted on 01/18/2010

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when my son was that age (nearly 4 months now), i used to breast feed every 2 hours becuase thats what he seemed to want. with hindsight it turned out he was tired and both he and i would confuse hungry and sleepy signs. i also heard it is bad to give water until 6 months. i wouldnt suggest formula either, he may just be stimulating your breasts to provide a bit more milk. at least you can just pop him to the breast when he needs it rather than all that sterilising etc!

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2010

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As far as I know babies shouldnt have water until they are on solids. She may not be hungry but wanting milk for comfort. If you breast feed you give her water and she is actually hungry for food your milk supply will drop and u will not have enough milk in your breasts for her. Even topping up with formula isnt the best if you are planning on breast feeding for a while because breast milk works on supply and demand.

Delinda - posted on 01/18/2010

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dont give too much water, could lead to an imbalance, you may have to supplement with formula, somtitmes you baby needs more than your breasts are providing...

Amie - posted on 01/18/2010

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Babies get all the water they need from breast milk or formula. As the other mothers have already stated. More than likely she has a strong suck reflex if it sounds like a hungry cry. You could try topping her up with formula but if she spits it up then she's probably not really hungry and a pacifier should work. I used them with all of my children. Not all of them used them for long though since they didn't like them.

Some babies even teeth extremely early so letting her suck or gnaw on your finger or a cloth could work.

She may still want to be swaddled too as another mom pointed out.

There are many avenues to take to figure it out. Babies don't need water at that age. It has no nutritional value and only serves to fill them up when they should be drinking BM or formula; which they need for sustanence.

Jaimelee - posted on 01/18/2010

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My daughter has water EVERYDAY since the was a day old, and shes loves it. I dont give it to her to full her up, but in between feeds she has a drink ,

Annmarie - posted on 01/18/2010

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cooled boiled water if she is thirsty although if u think she is hungry try a little formula as a top up after a breastfeed see if this satisfies her good luck

H.J - posted on 01/18/2010

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Check with your doctor. But if you are give her boiled cooled water. I've worked in child care for years and we do give it to the infants in our care

Mel - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hayley - where are you from? Someone from Canada tried to tell me they only recommend water in australia because of our climate and that its dangerous to give them straight water. I know its BS but just wanted to know since you say you work in child care

Mel - posted on 01/17/2010

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Yes its perfectly fine water is recommended from birth. Just give it between bottles

Janice - posted on 01/17/2010

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No. She needs the nutrients of breastmilk or formula. There is no need at all for water.

Megan - posted on 01/17/2010

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As long as it is boiled and cooled down, it's fine as an in between "snack" but should not replace milk...

Sherwood - posted on 01/17/2010

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I think a small sip might be fine, but a bottle of water is not a good idea, esp. if you're using it to fill her- she needs milk. Too much water in the baby, which is not much when they are so tiny, causes an electrolyte imbalance and makes it harder for them to absorb the nutrients from their food. I would just let her nurse as long as she wants, my daughter would nurse forever; they told me to wait till she came off on her own and I told them that would be once every day or two! I used a pacifier because a lot of her sucking needs were for comfort. This worked fine because I got a little break and she was hungry and ready to eat after a little while.

Also they go through "frequency days" where they are eating constantly to get your supply up because they are on a growth spurt. It's so common to feel like you're not getting them enough milk, they just drink all the time because it's so good for them and they use-up almost everything you provide them in your milk. It definitely gets easier, just feed her as often as she wants and your body will get up to making plenty of milk to satiate her. If she's been getting a lot of water for a while, you may want to visit the doctor, just to make sure her electrolyte levels are acceptable.

Kimmi - posted on 01/17/2010

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Yes you can there is not one thing wrong with giving your bub water at that age i done it from when Madison was 2 weeks old as long as you dont give bub tap water just boiled it will be better then fine

Nikki - posted on 01/17/2010

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try a soother, perhaps she is still hungry my son was eating about the same amount as a 3 month old from birtth, we had to introduce the bottle, but water shouldnt be given til 6 months and only a few ounces

Dawn - posted on 01/17/2010

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oh, p.s. at that age they LOVE to be wrapped papoose style (very tightly) in a blanket, as it simulates the tightness of the womb. try and bundle her. it's been known that this can stop a fussy baby from crying, she prob. isn't hungry if you are feeding her alot regularly.

Kim - posted on 01/17/2010

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make sure you check with your doctor because sometimes their kidneys aren't able to process much water and they can get sick, really all babies need is breastmilk for the first 4-6 months

Dawn - posted on 01/17/2010

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water is not bad for any human being but not going to be a good thing at 1 1/2 months old to satisfy hunger. it will be awesome for her when weather starts warming up, just as a quencher!

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