too much plain water affect my baby's weight?

User - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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recently,my 6mth old girl likes drinking plain water....rather than her formula...though im still breastfeeding her...n now,its jus not me alone,but even my parents says that little girl has lose some weight..she doesnt not look as chubby as before...does drinking too much water affects e weight??

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Stefanie - posted on 09/05/2009

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Well yeah. Water doesn't give you any nutrients you need to grow. She needs to be drinking breast milk, not water. There is no need for her to drink water.

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User - posted on 09/05/2009

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Ya,she's my girl n yup,she's not big.she was 2.21kg when she was born n at 6mths,she now 7.8kg. I breastfed her exclusively for 4mths n when I started work,she was given formula,where we start to see her weight go down.but when I'm not working,I'll give her breastmilk.
Now I've infd my hubby not to give water to her unnecessarily. Thanks for e note. :)

Dejah - posted on 09/05/2009

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I have never heard of water making you gain weight (most people drink water & not soda's to lose weight). The breastmilk would be the thing that makes her gain weight. As a baby she shouldn't be losing weight, I'm sure its not healthy at her age. When she grows up she will lose that baby fat! Water will keep your baby from being constipated. Now I wouldnt give her no more than 4oz a day because she will get full from water & it will take away from the breastmilk. The nutrients she needs is from the breastmilk. I wouldn't worry about her weight unless the doc has a problem with it.



Is your daughter strictly on breastmilk & not on formula? When I changed my son over to formula from breastmilk he started gaining weight faster. Plus formula constipates babies so my doc told me to start him on water (4oz). Older she gets I am sure you can give her more water. If thats your baby in the picture... you baby doesn't look big at all. I have seen big! I work in a children's hospital & I have seen some BIG babies. Good luck!

User - posted on 09/05/2009

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Thanks,will monitor for another week n will surely consult her gp if I'm still not convinced..

Esmeralda - posted on 09/05/2009

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it does, but as long as you are still breastfeeding her, and the water is not replacing the milk, she should be fine. water is very good, better than giving them juice (mine won't drink water when they are that small) just be sure she is not losing alot of weight, and normally kids are starting solids from about 6 months too. but if you are worried, go see your health visitor.

Stefanie - posted on 09/05/2009

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Well yeah. Water doesn't give you any nutrients you need to grow. She needs to be drinking breast milk, not water. There is no need for her to drink water.

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