Giving bottle with Water in it

Nerissa - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




Is it ok to give my 3 month old a bottle with some warm water in it on these very hot days?


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Angela - posted on 01/14/2010




This is situational. Are you breastfeeding or formula feeding??? If you are breast feeding your baby does not need any supplemental water.
Here is an article you may be interested in:
The fact is: Breastfed babies do not need any supplemental water, but formula fed babies often do. Formula fed babies may need water supplements due to the renal solute load of formula (the higher salt level is harder on their kidneys, and they may need extra water in order to excrete it). Formula fed babies also have less efficient metabolisms that breastfed babies, so they use up water faster. Breastmilk is composed of 90% water, and that provides all that your nursing baby needs, even in hot weather. Nursing babies that are thirsty will regulate their own intake by feeding more often and taking in enough of the watery foremilk to satisfy their thirst, but not enough of the creamier hindmilk to overfeed. They are able to regulate their own fluid intake, which is one more nice thing about breastfeeding.

Supplemental feedings fill up your baby with empty calories, making him less interested in nursing. Water supplements interfere with breastfeeding, and can actually contribute to weight loss and elevated bilirubin levels.

A newborn who is supplemented with water may actually develop higher bilirubin levels, and tends to lose more weight than a baby who is not supplemented with water. Water supplements in a newborn can also interfere with the establishment of a mother's milk supply.

Giving supplemental water to a newborn (under 5 weeks old) can actually be dangerous. Too much water can dilute the sodium in the baby's bloodstream to the point where "oral water intoxication" develops, and this can lead to symptoms like low body temp, bloating, and seizures.

Once again, Mother Nature knows best. You don't need to give your breastfed baby water.

A little note for everyone... It is great having forums to share our personal experiences but please... before taking anyone's advice do your research... What was good 20 years ago is not good now!

Hilarry - posted on 01/14/2010




My doc also gave me the green light on water. I give my baby water if she gets hiccups and chilled water helps her gums while shes teething! He advise me now sugar though!

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Hey Nerissa, it certainly is. A midwife on a home visit advised me that some cooled boiled water with a tea spoon of brown sugar in it. She advised this for Ava's constipation at the time (4weeks) but added that it was essential in the hot weather.

Melinda - posted on 01/13/2010




yes it is fine to give water that has been pre-boiled but not too much 1-2 ounces it is good for thirst, hic ups, and to prevent white mouth/thrush very common in young babies drinking milk also a bit of sugar added for hic ups and gas pain is fine just the tip of spoon...i know it helped me raising 4 kids and a granddaughter....

Sarah - posted on 01/13/2010




My understanding was that water can screw with electrolyte balance, so if you are using it be careful not to overload their systems :)

Channa - posted on 01/13/2010




I was told by my docter that i is fine to give a little water to babys that age.they do get thirsty when it gets hot.

Tricia - posted on 01/12/2010




I never sterlize my water for making fomula. But I do have ultra violet light that purifies our well water.

Tricia - posted on 01/12/2010




I give my 3 month old water out of a water bottle at dinner and sometimes water from her bath from fresh water coming into it of course. She use to choke on it but not any more she seems to like the cold feeling in her month.

Angie - posted on 01/12/2010




i give my daughter a bottle of water and put a peppermint in it when she gets really fussy...the dr said the peppermint may be too strong but my daughter loves it!!

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2010




I give my son a couple of ounces sometimes but too often I find will give him the runs. Because it is such a loose liquid. If you do make sure it is boiled first and cooled down to room temp. or cold. Other wise he could get sick because it was not sterile water.

Alison - posted on 01/11/2010




i give my daughter water when she gets hiccups it helps them go away and my dr said that is perfectly fine

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YES it is perfectly fine as long as it isn't too much so they arn't getting enough nutrition from the milk.

My plunket nurse (baby care follow up people) actually told me (I have a 16week old) to start introducing water everyday in the afternoon when its hotter, just 10-30mls (1oz) as it is summer here, I have tried and failed though she sucks it in a spits it out...thinks its a fabulous new game lol

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