when ollie was a couple of weeks old we had some reaally hot weather and our hv told us to give her an oz or 2 of water to help keep her hydrated so i know babies can have water but prt from when it was warm or when she had gastroenteritis, ive not seen any need to give her extra water x
EBF babies dont need water, but I give small amounts to my 9 week old, and have done since he was 2 weeks. He's FF, and sometimes gets a bit bunged up, so it helps with that. Also if he's a bit fussy between feeds, but not hungry, I offer an ounce of water.
I gave my girl water on the advice of the doc since she was a bit constapated, after that the HV said to continue it if she was happy enough taking it, as long as they take take their milk a little water is ok
As long as you dont give too much its fine, it still has to be boiled and cooled down and dont give more then a few onces a day.
Best to just stick to a couple of mouthfulls in between feeds and not just before so it doesnt fill them up and make them want less milk.
My LO has had water since he was 5 weeks, not on a regular basis just when he needs it.
Even BF babies can need a little from time to time if the weather is realy hot or they arnt well.
Both my midwife and the nurse at my clinic advised us that its fine to give babies water (cooled boiled water), particularly if they are dehydrated/constipated. They shouldn't need to much/too often though, as they should get all the nutrition they need from milk, and also, if they fill up on water then they won't drink as much milk (which they need more). They suggested that we give babies no more than an ounce or two.
I actually have only given cooled, boiled water to Poppy twice, on extremely hot days. Both times, she looked at me with a look of disgust as if to say "Mummy... get this cr*p out my mouth" x
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