How much water to give a 6 month old baby who is formula fed?
After much consideration I've come to the hard decision that I am going to make the switch to formula. We have been giving Lachlan formula for last meal of the day for quite a while now, and obviously with breastmilk he didn't need any extra fluid once he started having solid food..
So I'm just wondering how much water do you give your baby who is formula fed and on solids? I'm completely lost here
Once they'r taking more animal protien they need more water. Omar started recently to drink a decent amount of water. He used to take few sips 1st thing in the morning & with his meals. At 6-9 mnths he was only taking around 1-1.5 oz. Now he goes for 2-3 oz. xx
I don't think there's any hard and fast rules really. Remember also, he will get a certain amount of moisture in his food too (depending on what he's eating). I give my son a beaker of water with lunch and tea (about 3ozs), as he has no milk with these meals any more. He will drink a little, maybe an oz or so. I'd just offer a few ozs in his beaker and see if he wants it. If he's thirsty he'll drink it. Good luck with the switch!
I don't agree that FF babies don't need any extra fluids, which is something you see written a lot here. I have been giving my LO up to 6oz extra water each day, because we live in a warmer climate, so they can get dehydrated easily. But in the UK in summer they can too, so you should offer your LO water IMO, and let them take it if they want it.
I agree babies on just formula don't need extra water (unless they live somewhere very hot) but once solids are introduced/established they drop milk feeds and therefore liquid intake - my LO will go from 5 to 3 bottles a day. Therefore I feel I should offer water at meals because he's dropped 7ozs of milk to have solids instead, so that liquid should be replaced with something. I don't know if they need it, but I think that water should be there in a beaker if they want it, depending on if they are thirsty or not. I just wouldn't worry if they drink it or not.
Omar's Dr. said that giving water is not advisable before 6 mnths/weaned. Water can take the place of milk (formula or BM) & introducing more water can also stop their bodies from absorbing nutirents from milk & might lead to an imbalance of electrolytes.
ETA: So unless they's dehydrated or constipated it's better not to introduce water before weaning
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