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Drinking Water

Resa - posted on 05/20/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son is 16 weeks old and have started on enfamil and he's still breastfeeding. Should I give him water after every formula feed or he doesn't need it until he starts on cereal?


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Babies do need extra fluids in hot weather, just like adults do, but plain water is not something that you want to give an infant. Babies get enough water from breast milk or formula, giving an infant additional water to drink causes infant water intoxication by diluting the sodium in babies blood and flushing it out of babies body. That reduces the electrolytes in the babies body, altering brain activity, causing seizures to occur in the otherwise healthy infant.


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Emily - posted on 05/21/2010




At that age, I would not give water unless directed by a doctor. Extra water can upset their sodium and electrolyte balances.

Amanda - posted on 05/20/2010




My sister formula fed her boys and they got a few ml of water after each bottle of formula to fight thrust, which formula fed babies are more prone to.

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2010




My daughter is 11 weeks old and she is both breastfeeding and getting formula, and I give her a little bit of water occasionally when she appears to be constipated. Her doctors office told me that you should not give a baby water till they are about 6 months old, but when I explaned to them that I only gave it to her when she was constipated they told me that was a great idea because it was the most natural solution. Besides, at least she has gotten used to having a little bit from time to time now, so she won't get all upset about having water later when she is supposed to drink it.

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