Water?

Sarah - posted on 04/29/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My neighbor keeps bugging me about giving my 12 week old son water. She is convinced that he gets thirsty. My good friend says that it is bad for them, that he gets everything that he needs from the breast milk. I think that she (my friend) is right but I was just wondering if anyone had any opinions one way or the other.

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Yulia - posted on 04/29/2009

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Hi Sarah,

From what I read, a baby who is exclusively breastfed gets all the fluid she needs from breastmilk, and that's exactly where she should getting them from. Too much water can dangerously dilute baby's blood, causing chemical imbalances, not to mention that that bottles of water can satisfy her appetite and her need to suck, sabotaging nursing efforts.
Since my baby is exclusively breastfed, I didn't give her supplementary water untill she turned 6 months old. Hope it helps.

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Quoting Nicole:

It is called "Water Intoxication" and it can be fatal to babies. Water, even a little, given to an infant under the age of 6 months IS BAD! Breastmilk (and formula for that matter) is all a baby needs for the first 6 months of life. Your neighbor IS RIGHT in thinking that sometimes babies need more hydration, especially on hot, dry days, but it should be given in the form of more breastmilk, NOT water. So, you, your friend, and your neighbor (well... sorta) are all right. =)

Thank you for your question. We've all been educated. =)

Nicole, Certified Lactation Counselor, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor



Thank you for posting this.  I 100% agree.  It may be possible to give a child under 6 months a small amount of water w/ no ill effects, but it could also be fatal and IMO is not ever worth the risk.  If your baby is thirsty an extra nursing session will cure that problem just fine. :)

Melissa - posted on 04/30/2009

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if water isnt bad for us its not bad for the babies but if you think of it you give water then baby might not want to eat (breastfeed) sence shes full and she hasnt fed yet... ya 6mths or older id give water or i did give water after the feeding thats luke warm water boiled... give that hwere and there only after the feedings sence they need to be hungry to nurse

Nicole - posted on 04/30/2009

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It is called "Water Intoxication" and it can be fatal to babies. Water, even a little, given to an infant under the age of 6 months IS BAD! Breastmilk (and formula for that matter) is all a baby needs for the first 6 months of life. Your neighbor IS RIGHT in thinking that sometimes babies need more hydration, especially on hot, dry days, but it should be given in the form of more breastmilk, NOT water. So, you, your friend, and your neighbor (well... sorta) are all right. =)



Thank you for your question. We've all been educated. =)



Nicole, Certified Lactation Counselor, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Katie - posted on 04/30/2009

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Breast milk has fore milk and hind milk, the first milk that comes out is the fore milk which is more watery and like a drink for them and then comes the hind milk which is thicker and satisfies they're hunger. There is nothing wrong with giving your baby water but he shouldn't need it.

Arwen - posted on 04/29/2009

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I was told by a doctor that water won't hurt a baby, but they don't need it because they stay plenty hydrated with breastmilk at that age. You have a few months to go to start giving water. No worries! =)

Kat - posted on 04/29/2009

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As long as the water is 'cooled boiled water' it is fine to give. But as some of the comments above - breast milk has everything your baby needs until you start solids. In saying that I did give my daughter cooled boiled water during the extreme heat we were suffering over the summer. Only a couple little sips. Certainly never enough to fill her or make her lose her appetite for her breast feed.
If your baby is "thirsty" you being the Mum would know & you would give her a breast feed to quench her thirst.

Angela - posted on 04/29/2009

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i was told not to give any water until your child is 6 months or once they have started to eat real solids (vegies). Breast milk has all the nutrients a baby needs until they are ready to eat solids.

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Your baby gets everything he needs from breastmilk until about 6 months of age give or take a month. Water isnt bad for your baby, but your baby needs nutrients and if he fills up on water he wont be hungry to eat what he needs.

Kimberly - posted on 04/29/2009

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As my cousin once told her mother-in-law who was hounding her about the same thing. "if God wanted that baby to have water before he could drink from a cup then he would make one boob produce water and the other would produce milk"

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i dont think water would be harmful, but its just unneccessary and i always feel like its best to not mess with unneccessary when theyre so little. the foremilk in your breastmilk is very thin and watery and does its job to quench thirst. when theyre growing so much, babies need every bit of nutrition from every feeding so the only danger is filling their tummies with anything else but the BEST stuff for them!! unless its particuarly hot and you cant nurse or something... id say youre fine without it for at least a few more months.

best of luck filtering all the unwanted "advice" you'll be flooded with for the rest of your life!! :) haha

Amanda - posted on 04/29/2009

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i gave my daughter some water in a tippy when she was a little older than your son, now she 9 mo and is so used to the tippy that she'll have no problem quitting the breast. If your son likes water i say let him have some there's no problem with a little extra water

Silla - posted on 04/29/2009

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Well water is not "bad" for them. BUT Too much water can cause water toxemia (I think that is what it is called). Also, water will fill them up... when they need to be filled up on breast milk (or formula) to get their nutrients. Since your baby is 12 weeks old, she is probably eating every 2-3 hours... she is definitely eating enough to keep her from becoming thirsty! My baby is 8 months old and I just began to give him 1/2 water and 1/2 juice during his meals in a sippy to help his food go down.

Unless your pediatrician says to, there is no need to give your baby water :)

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I agree with Felecia, water isn't bad for them, but there is enough water for them in the breastmilk!

Felecia - posted on 04/29/2009

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I think your friend maybe wrong, water is not bad for them, but with this said Breastmilk is all a baby needs it has enough of water in it... Tell your neighbor thanks for her concern but you know whats best!!! BREAST IS THE BEST!!!! Good luck and God Bless..

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