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Does anyone know if I should be giving my infant anything other than breastmilk? People have suggested that I give him water and he is only 11 weeks old. My feeling is that breastmilk has all the nutrients that he needs right now. I apologize for the silly question <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild">. This is my first baby.
 

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Assuming he is a healthy term infant, he doesn't need anything except breastmilk until six months or later. Check out the breastfeeding boards for lots of good info.
 

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Our baby doc expressed that water chould be used for only a couple reasons. 1) if you cant BF or dont want toduring air travel, use water in a bottle during take off and landing to equalize the babys ears or 2) if its a really hot day day. but in either case no more than 1oz and that water should never ever be used to push off or replace a meal.
 

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When my daughter was learning to use a sippy cup, and now a regular cup, I filled it with water just so she could get the hang of drinking. She drank less than an ounce a day, since she dumped, drooled, or spit up most of it. I just could not bear to pump bottle after bottle of breastmilk for her to dump on the floor.<br><br>
I wouldn't actually supplement a breastfed infant with water unless it was really hot out. When I visited family in El Paso over the summer I had a sippy cup with water available for my daughter at all times - while driving, shopping, etc. She was a year old by then.<br><br>
I think people who use formula might need to supplement with water under certain conditions, but that's just something I remember reading ages ago. Giving water to an infant was normal when I was a baby, so perhaps it's just an idea that seems normal to those who are used to FF babies?<br><br>
If I gave my daughter everything people thought she should have she would have had her first ice cream cone at 10 weeks. Yeah, right...
 

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Just agreeing with other posters... no water! No vitamins either! Treat everything that is not breastmilk as if it were a solid, which means no solids until AT LEAST 6 months. Breastfed babies typically don't NEED solids until 9-15 months of age.
 

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No, but once he's putting everything in his mouth it's worth keeping a sippy cup with some water in around for him to explore. That won't be for a month or two yet, though.<br>
The only exception is if you're somewhere unusually hot- for instance, you spend a weekend with elderly family members who keep the house incredibly warm. You may not be able to get your milk supply up enough to cope with the sudden thirst (I get caught out like this at my mothers.) Central heating, IME, can be as thirst-inducing as any desert.
 

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Looks like you got an answer to your question eh? Now I am going to tell you THE single most important thing you will ever need to know as a mom. EVER.<br><br><br>
TRUST YOURSELF!!!!!<br><br>
There is no book of RIGHT answers for you and your baby. Someone will disagree with something you are doing ALL THE TIME.<br><br>
When you need answers come here. When you need support for your choices come here. BUT ABOVE ALL learn to trust your mommy instincts. Listen to yourself and your baby. And then teach yourself (its hard I am still doing it and I have 2 kiddos) to have confidance in your mothering. No one will love your little one(s) like you...ever. Its hard to believe in yourself when you have this little tiny person who depends on you for everything. And it really stinks when you make a mistake (cause you will), but your love is the most important thing and that you are doing the best you can.<br><br>
Want to give you a pat for breastfeeding...its something you won't regret doing. Congrats on your little bundle. Best wishes to you both.<br><br>
Middle Mamma
 
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