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    Default Water: to give or not to give?

    To my knowledge, it is not necessary to give water to a breastfed baby. I've read that it is counterproductive to his natural demand (and hence my supply). However everyone is telling me to! Parents (oh you should let him flush out the toxins in his body!), relatives (oh poor boy is having hiccups, give him water!), and even my pedi, who says I should let him start getting used to the taste of water, if not he wouldn't want to drink water in future! Is this even true?
    So far I've insisted not to give him water but I'm getting sick of those suggestions repeatedly!
    What do you do ladies? Do you give him water? If so, when did you start?
    My Lo is 12 weeks.
    Thank you!

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    lol I have to laugh about what your pedi said.... my son LOVES water, and we didn't give him water until maybe 6 or 8 months. As for what I did... if my LO was thristy, I let him nurse. There is absolutely no need to give your LO water. Your breastmilk would do a better job of flushing toxins from his body than any other liquid. And really.. how many toxins do you think you need to be concerned with?? My son also had the hiccups constantly, and we never gave water for it...just nursed. I know it wears on you to constantly hear people "give advice" that is contrary to what you believe. When I received those type of comments I would always reply that my baby needed nothing other than breastmilk at this point and would receive nothing else. Maybe with your parents you can print out some info for them, even your pedi.
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    Default Re: Water: to give or not to give?

    You are absolutely right - it messes with supply/demand

    Babies have very tiny tummies so if there is an ounce of water in there, they wont nurse as much. Also, it's totally unnecessary, he gets everything he needs from your breastmilk. Plus, water has no calories, so it fills up their tummies and provides no nutrients (and you wouldn't want his weight gain to stall).

    It's not recommended to introduce water before 4 months, and even at that point it's not necessary. Most babies start drinking a little water (2 ounces or less a day) between 6 and 8 months (usually when they are eating solids), although some babies don't taste water until after 10 months or so.
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    we just started water really in the last few weeks and DS seems to relish it.
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    Default Re: Water: to give or not to give?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*auderey View Post
    we just started water really in the last few weeks and DS seems to relish it.
    How old is your son?

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    a year today
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    ita with the pps. just wanted to say that I literally spit out my morning tea laughing at your pedi. wow just wow.
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    Default Re: Water: to give or not to give?

    My son started playing with a sippy cup (I wouldn't call it "drinking" LOL) with water in it around 7 months-ish. He's five now, and water is his favorite thing to drink.

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    at you ped. Giving water to such a young baby can be dangerous not only for supply and demand reasons, but because it also flushes sodium from their systems. Breast milk has the perfect balance of water and essential nutrients. Nothing else should be given before 6 months or later.

    We started giving water in a sippy cup to my son around 7 months, but he never drank more than an ounce until well after a year. Now he loves it, gulping his water and saying "mmmmm".
    K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).

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    NO NO NO. There is RESEARCH saying water is bad for babies under 12 months. I posted a link somewhere here...
    Susan
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