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Old 09-10-2006, 09:32 AM   #9
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Re: Giving baby water?

Completely agree. Baby needs nothing but breastmilk until 6 months at the earliest. Breastmilk has all the water they need in it (you might consider making sure you're getting enough water, though!). I don't think your supervisor is up on the latest BF info. As someone else mentioned, giving water is advice they gave 20-30 years ago (my mom was advised to give me water, she wound up breastfeeding for I think about 2 months). Instead of just adding to her liquid intake, the water will actually replace some of your milk in her liquid intake, which, if you offer enough of it, can lead to supply problems as your body responds to the decreased milk intake.

I started giving DS a few sips out of my water cup when he started reaching for it, which was about 5 and a half months, and it was for the novelty of it, not because he needed it.
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