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Recently my little girl 3 months has been getting a bit wingy between feeds. Most of the time I think she is just tired however the mother inlaw (gotta love 'em)suggested she may be thirsty? Does anyone know when to start giving your baby boiled water? Or remember when they started with their child? Also how much do I give and will it interfer with breastmilk feeding? Any suggestions?
Hi there :)
There is another thread on this topic under Parenting Issues/General Tips&Advice called "When to give water". You might want to have a look there :)
I gave my son boiled water when he was 4 weeks old. As long as it's boiled water you can give it to them. They do get thirsty in between feeds and water helped with my son.
If they are fully and exclusively breastfed they do not need water. No matter what the weather. Water can be introduced any time after 6 months if fully and exclusively breastfed. Breastmilk quenches their thirst as well as satisfying their hunger. My daughter did not have water until she was 7 months old around the time we started solids.
If you are breastfeeding, may be you may need to feed her again when she whinges if you think it is hunger or thirst. When babies have a growth spurt or the like, they may require extra feeds.
Have a look at the other thread mentioned. It discusses it there anyway. :)
When you say in between feeds, does that mean your baby is on a schedule?
Breast milk is designed to satisfy thirst as well as hunger, therefore making it the only food a baby needs to ingest for the first 6months at least.
One of the benefits of demand feeding is you don't have to try to determine whether baby is hungry, thirsty or seeking comfort, as the magic breast will supply everything.
No need for complicated guesswork, and worked for me about 95% of the time, otherwise there was some other problem. :p
Thanks for all the replies,
I did read the other thread and it pretty well answered my problem. I think she is just changing, I take her for a walk around the yard and she falls asleep I think she may just be tired.
She wasn't really to any schedule with the breastfeeding I was doing the demand thing. I did try and give her the breast but she's not interested only really eats around every 3 hours. Anyway thanks again for the advise.
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