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Some background: My ds will be a year old in a week. He is breastfed on demand, and will be for some time, but this is mostly just for naps and nighttime right now. Otherwise, he eats three meals and snacks of various solid foods during the day. The trouble is, he hardly drinks other fluids. I've even tried juice to make it more appealing, but it doesn't seem to matter. He's not even very interested in popsicles (which I had to give him when he was sick a couple of months ago and almost dehydrated -- it was the only thing he'd take at all in the hospital). I've tried all different types of sippy cups and straw cups too (he doesn't get the straw thing yet), and even though he has figured out how to use them in the past two months, he still doesn't drink much water. I'm talking maybe a total of an ounce or two all day!<br><br>
I wouldn't worry, since he IS nursing on demand, but he seems so much drier than other babies. He rarely ever has a "soaked" diaper, and I have never had to worry about special nighttime diapers or doublers or anything, 'cause when he's wet, it's not much. Most days he even wakes up completely dry! I really noticed how weird this must be when I babysat a friend's baby, two months younger, this week for a couple of days. He was in sposies and at least once a day it would be FULL and quite heavy, and was always pretty soaked. He's formula fed and doesn't even get a sippy cup yet, so I'm not sure how he's getting more fluids than my ds, but he seems to have a greater output.<br><br>
So, I guess my questions are:<br>
1) Should I be worried?<br>
2) How can I encourage him to drink more, or take in more fluids? (I'm considering getting a blender and trying smoothies and/or frozen slushie-type fruit drinks. He's also a bit underweight and could use some extra calories.)<br><br>
Any suggestions, or BTDT stories would be appreciated. Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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you need to offer nursing more often.<br><br>
At only a year he should still be getting around 75% of his nutrition from breastmilk.<br><br>
I would offer at least every hour during the day, make sure he has no other sucking (bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups)<br><br>
And I would not spoon feed any solids. Just let him self feed.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Anyone else??
 
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