I have to say, that LLL Jolie is absolutely right...(of course, she is LLL, so she would have the most current info for us).
All the info I've read regarding breastfeeding says that water is not necessary before 6 months of age if baby is not eating solids, but depending on how many solids baby is taking in, baby could need extra water to aid in digestion and prevent constipation. LLL Jolie said it best when she said :
As long as your baby's stools are not hard and difficult to pass, you can assure that your baby is getting enough fluids.I think it wouldn't be very prudent to make the statement that babies never need water at all during the 1st year when that may not be the case with a particular child. Especially considering that that statement could actually end up hurting a child who is actually almost a year old anyway. There are alot of questions that should be asked to determine if a child is getting enough fluids, and those questions weren't discussed, just blind statements that bf children don't need water in the 1st year. That could end up being a very harmful statement when we don't know the whole story from the original poster.Some babies don't require extra fluids, some require a little more with the start of solids (to prevent constipation). Follow your baby's cues. You'll know what is best. The key is to not offer so much water that baby fills up on it and takes in less of the "good stuff".
I'm not trying to start a debate, just trying to point out how sometimes we hold so fast to an idea, that we can't see that there are times when what we believe may not be true in absolutely all situations and for all children. When we give advice, we need to remember that and think about what the consequences might be if we were wrong in that situation.