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Old 09-10-2006, 08:32 AM   #11
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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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Old 09-10-2006, 09:25 AM   #12
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Re: Giving baby water?

I actually saw something on the news about giving babies water who are under 5 or 6 months. Big "no-no". They were saying that they only need breastmilk or formula and that's it. If they get too much water, they can be in danger b/c of their sodium balance and other stuff. He said babies can actually die if they are given too much water too young. The doctors were saying no water - a sip or two here or there isn't bad, but they said just feed them BM or formula and they'll be just fine. I only gave Ethan water at five months on particularly hot days when he was developing a heat rash but he only had a few sips.
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:50 AM   #13
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No, don't give water. Just breastfeed.
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:26 PM   #14
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Too early for water, IMO! I started giving it to DS when we started solids. Breast milk is all she needs.
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:21 AM   #15
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yep - doesn;t 'need' water when exclusively BF
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:25 AM   #16
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Hmmm my dd Ped even when she was a few months old said I could give her an ounce of formula now and then, he said, babies get thirsty too. My dd loved water so I really had to watch how much she took but never had any bad reactions from her having an ounce. Also, I never gave water from the bottle, I always gave it out of a sippy cup, even when she was just a few months old.
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No she does not need water!!
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Old 09-14-2006, 09:01 AM   #18
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No, your breastmilk has the perfect balance of water and food for her. If she is just thirsty, the foremilk with satisfy her thirst since it is more watery than what follows. In hot weather, demand nursing is important if you want a happy baby.
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I agree with the NO water...Just Boobie Milk!
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