Should i be giving my baby water?

Jenna - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I am breastfeeding my baby but i keep hearing from people that i should also be giving him bottles of just water? Is this true?

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Jessica - posted on 10/03/2009

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My ped told me at our 6 mo check up that we can introduce sippy cups w/ water. So wait until 6 months....as long as you are keeping up on your fluid intake, he's getting enough fluids from you. If you're really worried about it you can count the # of wet diapers, as long as he's doing enough, don't worry about it!

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Nyoka - posted on 10/04/2009

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hey jenna!

my son had a really bad night of colic and my mother told me to try feed him a lil bit of water from a teaspoon( the water was luke warm) not only did he enjoy it but it also relieved him from the gas! he was around 3 weeks of age! from then on i gave around 50mls of warm boiled water to start with and now at 6 months he has 100-150ml of water a day!

Selina - posted on 10/03/2009

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Wow, I have never heard of this Oral water intoxication, sounds serious! Will google it after this. We have a water filtering system and our son never had any probs...plus me and my siblings and my parents and there parents and so on and so on have drunk water as babies and none of us have had problems...I guess its up to the parent in the end..and maybe where exactly you live and how clean your water is...

I am still gonna google that though...:)

ElizaBeth - posted on 10/03/2009

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For all of you that think giving babies water before they're six months old. please, for your childs sake. Google "oral water intoxication in infants" and read all the documents and reports and information on it. It's a real thing. and it can be very very harmful. And instead of asking your doctor of it's okay to give your child water. Simply ask for information on Oral Water Intoxication. That should get your doctors attention.

Selina - posted on 10/03/2009

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Hiya. I breastfeed my boy and he has also been drinking water since he was 4months. It gives you a break from always feeling like a cow..lol..plus its great for there hydration and energy levels..I always give him the water during feeds to help with digestion. Plus my son has only ever breastfed when he wants to sleep

ElizaBeth - posted on 10/03/2009

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Quoting Marie:



Quoting ElizaBeth:

I know as an adult nothing quenches my thirst better than a cold glass of water. However in infants too much water in dangerous. It's called water intoxication and it can lead to seizures, coma, brain damage, and even death. I reccomend talking to your doctor about the amount of pure water you should be giving your child. He or she will most likely say that you CAN give him water but only after he is satisfied(full). So about twenty minutes after a feeding and only two or three(max) ounces at a time and not after every feeding(once or twice a day). Symptoms of water intoxication are normally mood or behavioral changes-- drowsiness, inattentiveness, or confusion. However symptoms can also be --blurred vision, muscle cramps and twitching, poor coordination, nausea and vomiting, irregular breathing and weakness. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your pediatrician and let them know you suspect water intoxication. dont wait for them to tell you. If you suspect that something is wrong dont ever hesitate to tell them what YOU think it is. You're not a doctor but you're a mother and you know your child better than anyone.
I took my daughter to the hospital when she was four weeks old with a high fever and irregular breathing and Told the doctor that i thought it was pneumonia. He shrugged it off and told me that HE was the doctor not me. HE was the one that went to med school not me. And that HE would tell ME what was wrong with her.
As it turns out it was pneumonia and she almost died because he didn't even check for it. So never, ever hesitate.





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I give my 5 mo. old very little water now only because its the summer and I live in the desert (so it gets to the triple digits) for dehydration. Water intoxication is serious. Too much water can dilute a baby's blood, causing chemical inbalances. Infants over 4 months can take small sips of water just fine. Children on solids can handle more water, whether they're breastfed or formula-fed.





I'm glad you knew about it. There are alot of first and even second or third time mothers that don't know and it can't be such a seriou issue. Most of the time I get called terrible and hateful names because people think i'm joking or just trying to scare first time mothers. Thats not the case at all. So i'm glad there is someone to back my story this time lol.

ElizaBeth - posted on 10/03/2009

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Quoting Marie:



Quoting ElizaBeth:

I know as an adult nothing quenches my thirst better than a cold glass of water. However in infants too much water in dangerous. It's called water intoxication and it can lead to seizures, coma, brain damage, and even death. I reccomend talking to your doctor about the amount of pure water you should be giving your child. He or she will most likely say that you CAN give him water but only after he is satisfied(full). So about twenty minutes after a feeding and only two or three(max) ounces at a time and not after every feeding(once or twice a day). Symptoms of water intoxication are normally mood or behavioral changes-- drowsiness, inattentiveness, or confusion. However symptoms can also be --blurred vision, muscle cramps and twitching, poor coordination, nausea and vomiting, irregular breathing and weakness. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your pediatrician and let them know you suspect water intoxication. dont wait for them to tell you. If you suspect that something is wrong dont ever hesitate to tell them what YOU think it is. You're not a doctor but you're a mother and you know your child better than anyone.
I took my daughter to the hospital when she was four weeks old with a high fever and irregular breathing and Told the doctor that i thought it was pneumonia. He shrugged it off and told me that HE was the doctor not me. HE was the one that went to med school not me. And that HE would tell ME what was wrong with her.
As it turns out it was pneumonia and she almost died because he didn't even check for it. So never, ever hesitate.





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I give my 5 mo. old very little water now only because its the summer and I live in the desert (so it gets to the triple digits) for dehydration. Water intoxication is serious. Too much water can dilute a baby's blood, causing chemical inbalances. Infants over 4 months can take small sips of water just fine. Children on solids can handle more water, whether they're breastfed or formula-fed.





I'm glad you knew about it. There are alot of first and even second or third time mothers that don't know and it can't be such a seriou issue. Most of the time I get called terrible and hateful names because people think i'm joking or just trying to scare first time mothers. Thats not the case at all. So i'm glad there is someone to back my story this time lol.

Marie - posted on 10/03/2009

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Quoting ElizaBeth:

I know as an adult nothing quenches my thirst better than a cold glass of water. However in infants too much water in dangerous. It's called water intoxication and it can lead to seizures, coma, brain damage, and even death. I reccomend talking to your doctor about the amount of pure water you should be giving your child. He or she will most likely say that you CAN give him water but only after he is satisfied(full). So about twenty minutes after a feeding and only two or three(max) ounces at a time and not after every feeding(once or twice a day). Symptoms of water intoxication are normally mood or behavioral changes-- drowsiness, inattentiveness, or confusion. However symptoms can also be --blurred vision, muscle cramps and twitching, poor coordination, nausea and vomiting, irregular breathing and weakness. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your pediatrician and let them know you suspect water intoxication. dont wait for them to tell you. If you suspect that something is wrong dont ever hesitate to tell them what YOU think it is. You're not a doctor but you're a mother and you know your child better than anyone.
I took my daughter to the hospital when she was four weeks old with a high fever and irregular breathing and Told the doctor that i thought it was pneumonia. He shrugged it off and told me that HE was the doctor not me. HE was the one that went to med school not me. And that HE would tell ME what was wrong with her.
As it turns out it was pneumonia and she almost died because he didn't even check for it. So never, ever hesitate.


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I give my 5 mo. old very little water now only because its the summer and I live in the desert (so it gets to the triple digits) for dehydration. Water intoxication is serious. Too much water can dilute a baby's blood, causing chemical inbalances. Infants over 4 months can take small sips of water just fine. Children on solids can handle more water, whether they're breastfed or formula-fed.

ElizaBeth - posted on 10/02/2009

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I know as an adult nothing quenches my thirst better than a cold glass of water. However in infants too much water in dangerous. It's called water intoxication and it can lead to seizures, coma, brain damage, and even death. I reccomend talking to your doctor about the amount of pure water you should be giving your child. He or she will most likely say that you CAN give him water but only after he is satisfied(full). So about twenty minutes after a feeding and only two or three(max) ounces at a time and not after every feeding(once or twice a day). Symptoms of water intoxication are normally mood or behavioral changes-- drowsiness, inattentiveness, or confusion. However symptoms can also be --blurred vision, muscle cramps and twitching, poor coordination, nausea and vomiting, irregular breathing and weakness. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your pediatrician and let them know you suspect water intoxication. dont wait for them to tell you. If you suspect that something is wrong dont ever hesitate to tell them what YOU think it is. You're not a doctor but you're a mother and you know your child better than anyone.
I took my daughter to the hospital when she was four weeks old with a high fever and irregular breathing and Told the doctor that i thought it was pneumonia. He shrugged it off and told me that HE was the doctor not me. HE was the one that went to med school not me. And that HE would tell ME what was wrong with her.
As it turns out it was pneumonia and she almost died because he didn't even check for it. So never, ever hesitate.

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Do what you think your bubby needs. If you belive he may be constipated then YES a bottle of water a few times a week will not hurt him. But generally Breastmilk is the best for bub, so keep up the great work.

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I think it all depends on how old your baby is. I didn't give my daughter water until she was at least 3 monthds old. I heard that if you give them water before 3 months it can damage their lungs. I am not sure if that is true or not. My daughter started eating gerber foods at 3 months that is why I also introduced water to her.

Jessica - posted on 09/30/2009

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hi i bottle feed my son and i have asked this question loads of times, u should only give a baby water under a yr if they r constipated and havent opened their bowells for a couple of days. my son manages fine without water, he is a little poop machine too lol

but yes if your child cant go then its very helpful to give water. it is really up to u though what you think is best for your child. but it isnt necessary to give water as they r gettin all they need from milk and especially if your breastfeedin your child is getting the best food and drink supply!!

Lauren - posted on 09/23/2009

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No, it is not true. I recommend you read a wonderful book, "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding," written by Sheila Kippley. It is an excellent source and can answer all questions. However, continuing, you do not have to give your son bottles of water. Every single nutrient your son needs to sustain, grow, and flourish can be found in your breastmilk. That is why doctors still say formula is not best. Do not worry about what everyone is telling you. Most people are uneducated on the subject of breastfeeding and what its true benefits and demands are. Be confident in your knowledge. If you have questions, resort to Sheila Kippley's book.

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Absolutely not! Breastfed babies do not need any extra water. They get all the water they need in breastmilk. Too much water can be harmful.



http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/bab...



My son didn't have any cups of water until he was 6 months, and even then it was maybe an ounce at a time. He didn't start having full 4 oz cups of water until he was having full meals of regular food (at close to 12 months).

Denise - posted on 09/22/2009

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well i have heard that u shouldn't suposly the baby drinks enough fluides so dont have to drink water. docteos recomends that the baby reaches 6 months old before drinking water. but like i say water dont kill no 1. if u want give your baby 1/2 onz once or twice a week just a lill bit. if u want 2 but u dont have 2..

Kristin - posted on 09/22/2009

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i was breastfeeding but went to the bottlesyou can give ur baby water that helps them go number 2 better i was giveing it to my boys in a 4oz bottle once a week

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