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    Default Age to give baby water?

    Hi
    Just wondering when everyone gave their babies water? DD is just over two weeks and breastfed but its been so hot lately that shes sweating constantly so just wants boob every five minutes to re hydrate her little body. I read its bad to give babies water but have people telling me to give her some. So confused!

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    Hi. If she is breastfed she doesn't actually need water - milk is more nutritious and your body will automatically make the milk more watery on hot days so it is hydrating.

    However if you are getting sick of breastfeeding her every 5 minutes you can give a few sips of water from a cup or bottle. But if it was me I'd just keep boobing her as I'm sure she loves it and at that age they are pretty much programmed to be on the boob all the time anyway.

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    Tbh if it were me I would give her little amounts of cooled boiled water between feeds. I gave both DDs water from birth, but they were formula fed, not sure if that makes a difference? And it was only ever a tiny bit and only between feeds IF I thought they needed it. If you think Bub needs it, then I would.


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    It's fine to give your baby water. I remember the health nurse telling me to do so particularly if its warm/ hot weather. Not to give it as a milk replacement of course though. Both my boys were given water from early ages.

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    My DD used to get the hiccups really bad when she was new born. I found water stopped them quicker then hiccups. The doc said as long as it wasnt so much that it would fill her up it would be fine.

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    I offer DS water all the time, but he's formula fed as well.

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    I agree with Majestic. She is still very young and breastfeeding still getting established. To answer your question, I started my bf DS on water at 6 months with meals when he started solids.

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    It isn't recommended to give your breastfed baby anything other than breastmilk under the age of 6 months.

    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...aby-water.html

    "Supplements (water, glucose water, formula, and other fluids) should not be given to breastfeeding newborn infants unless ordered by a physician when a medical indication exists... During the first 6 months of age, even in hot climates, water and juice are unnecessary for breastfed infants and may introduce contaminants or allergens."

    For newborns (especially under 4-5 weeks), water supplements can be risky
    • Babies under two months should not be given supplemental water.
    • Water supplements are associated with increased bilirubin levels in jaundiced newborns.
    • Too much water can lead to a serious condition called oral water intoxication.
    • Water supplements fill baby up without adding calories, so water supplements can result in weight loss (or insufficient weight gain) for the baby.
    • Babies who get water supplements are less interested in nursing. If baby is not nursing as often as he should, it will take longer for mom's milk to come in and can delay or prevent mom from establishing an optimum milk supply
    For babies past the newborn stage
    • 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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