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Old 06-08-2008, 12:50 PM   #1
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Water Question for 10 m old

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My BF'd 10 1/2 mo old baby has about 2 "meals" a day of fruit veg or meat diced up pretty small. I offer water when she eats too. She has BM from the tap the rest of the time.

However, my MIL is here and keeps saying the baby is "thirsty." It got me wondering, how much water should she be having now?

FWIW she does not get bottles and has thus far refused sippy and straw cups. I use a regular plastic cup. I do NOT want to use a bottle.

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Re: Water Question for 10 m old

This 'thirsty' bit is something I think all grandmothers and mils are required to annoy moms about. My mom says this too - she 'looks' thirsty. WTH does that mean?

Margo is still predominantly BFed. I offer a cup with water at each of her two small meals, just as you do. I give her the sippy cup to drink water from as she wishes if we are outside or in the hot car. Her pee diapers are plentiful and she shows no other signs of needing more liquid. Trust your own judgment - you know your child
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:22 PM   #3
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Re: Water Question for 10 m old

My doctor recommended 2-3 ounces a day for the flouride. I don't know, it's getting hot here so I give him a sippy of water when we're outside to keep him hydrated and let him get used to drinking from something that's not me
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Re: Water Question for 10 m old

If baby is allowed to nurse on demand the "need" is really unfounded.. but you can offer a bit here and there in a sippy and it wont hurt her (or your supply) since she's older. Here's an exerpt from this resource.


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Too much water can interfere with breastfeeding because it fills baby up so that he nurses less. Babies need the nutrition and calories in breastmilk to grow - water has none of these.
Breastmilk has all the water your baby needs, even in very hot weather.
When your 4-6 month old baby is learning to use a cup, giving him a few sips of water a couple of times a day (no more than 2 ounces per 24 hours) is fine and fun.
Once baby starts solids, you might want to give him a few sips of expressed milk or water with his solids - some babies need this to prevent constipation.
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Re: Water Question for 10 m old

Your baby doesn't need any water as long as she nurses as much as she wants. Your foremilk satisfies her thirst first while the fatty hindmilk satisfies her hunger.
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:08 AM   #6
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Re: Water Question for 10 m old

I thought so...

My MIL does say that she "looks" thirsty. If DD screeches at something (the cat, or whatever she sees that she wants) my own mom immediately asks urgently "did you give her real food? She sounds hungry!" Yes, people, she gets solids and believe me, BM is REAL food!!
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