Giving 7 month old water at night

Maria - posted on 09/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




Is it alright to give a 7 month old water at night instead of breastmilk? My baby wakes up every two hours and suckles on the breast but doesn't really drink that much. She just wants to be held I guess. After she finally falls back to sleep I keep her upright for 30 minutes because I just don't know how much she drank and don't want her to get reflux. Someone suggested that I tried giving her water for a few nights instead of breast at night to see if it's just because she wants mommy or if she really is thirsty.

I've already increased her solids. She eats 4 oz. veggie, 4 oz. fruit and 1.25 oz. meat for lunch and dinner. Then in the morning and evening she has 4 TBSP of Rice Cereal with Breastmilk. She nurses for about 4 times during the day and about 3 times at night.

Anyone have any suggestions about the water or anything other ideas. I really would love to give my baby all the attention I can but I have a 6-year old, and 5-year old twins to look after too. I'm just tired of being in a bad mood all the time due to lack of sleep. I didn't get a full night sleep till the twins were about 2-years old and it was because they would wake up and not know how to put themselves back to sleep without mommy rocking and soothing them. I don't want that to happen again. I want to teach my baby to be able to put herself back to sleep if she wakes up but not sure if I'm ready to let her cry it out just yet. Tried it one night and my heart just broke. Or maybe that's what I need to do. i don't know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Natasha - posted on 09/12/2010




Breastfed babies do NOT need water. In fact, if you give them water too soon, you can cause swelling in the brain. At 7 months old, you probably wouldn't have that extreme of a situation, but I still wouldn't recommend it.

Joanna - posted on 09/12/2010




My son started waking up in the middle of the night around 5 mo, after he had previously slept all night. I would go in his room and nurse him. I thought he was getting up because he was hungry. I hate to say it but after a couple more nights of that I couldn't take it. If he slept all night long before, he's not waking up because he's hungry. I had to let him cry it two mornings. By the third morning, he realized I was not going to come in and nurse him. This may or may not be a method to help.
If she is 7 mo, she should be sleeping through the night. You may want to research sleep training for babies.

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Forgot to say, I don't think I would give water. It's definitely not recommended before six months as it lowers baby's calory intake, so I'd be cautious about that.

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Have a bad sleeper myself so I don't really have the perfect answer but I found Elisabeth Pantley's book 'The No-Cry Sleep Solution' really helpful. It's also an easy read plus you can just look at the chapters that matter to you, so you won't need much time reading it. Good luck!

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