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Water for babies

Post by Jld260191 » Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:37 pm

Can anyone tell me when can you give babies water as the baby is fully breastfed

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Re: Water for babies

Post by pseudo » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:06 pm

From 6 months small amounts of water is ok. I didn't start water for my boys until 12 months but they had unlimited access to the breast during that time. Once you start solids at 6 months or so, it's fine to offer small amounts of water.
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Post by Jld260191 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:19 pm

Its just ive been hearing so many different opinions and even heard it could effect them giving it too early

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Post by JennyD » Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:07 pm

A fully breastfed baby doesn't need any water at all. Once they start solids they will need to add a little water to the diet, probably in proportion with solids. So if bub is just having the odd taste of solids then no water is needed, but if bub is having proper meals and really eating then water would be needed. Like so many things it really depends on what else the baby is doing. The information here: https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-inf ... ids/solids is great, have a read, hopefully it will help clarify the situation for you.

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Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:08 pm

Jld260191 wrote:Its just ive been hearing so many different opinions and even heard it could effect them giving it too early
Giving water before six months makes babies more more susceptible to getting ill. It affects the level of acid in their stomachs (acid kills germs that cause infection) and this means they can catch diseases more easily.
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Post by Jld260191 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:26 am

Thank you for the replies but 1 last question when i do start giving him water does it still have to be boiled

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Post by Esther » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:42 am

There's an old rule of thumb about not boiling the water if bub is drinking the bath water ;-)
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Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:31 am

Jld260191 wrote:Thank you for the replies but 1 last question when i do start giving him water does it still have to be boiled
In Australia, tap water is quite safe for drinking for babies who are at least six months old. According to the World Health Organisation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, babies less than six months old should not be given water to drink at all. Water used to prepare powdered infant formula should be boiled and cooled for no more than 15mins before the powder is added. (This is so that the water is hot enough to kill any germs living in the powder.) The reconstituted milk should then be cooled quickly (in the fridge) until it is just warm (if it is in a feeding bottle, it will need to be gently shaken to ensure that the milk in the middle of the bottle is not still hot enough to scald the baby's mouth) before it is fed to the baby.
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Post by Mummy woo! » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:46 pm

Esther wrote:There's an old rule of thumb about not boiling the water if bub is drinking the bath water ;-)
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Post by Jenbt85 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:21 pm

Esther wrote:There's an old rule of thumb about not boiling the water if bub is drinking the bath water ;-)
Hahaha - I stopped bothering when I caught her chewing on her brother's shoes :D
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