My ds is ff and I have just been feeding him on aptamil first milk. The midwife said I could give him water if he was getting hungry and distressed too soon after a feed, to sort of tide him over. We had a few wind issues but infacol is starting to work and he doesn't seem distressed to me, so I haven't bothered with water. He is quite small but eats every 2 and a half hours, taking about 70mls at a time.
My mother insists the baby needs cooled boiled water to drink? Does he? He's 2 weeks old; am I dehydrating him? He has lots of wet and dirty nappies and his wee is clear and comes in abundance, if this is relevant.
I feel awful and a bit crap that I didn't know this.
The fact that his nappies are fine indicates he does not need extra water. If we get a heatwave in April (wishful thinking) then that could change, but otherwise... no. At this age there isn't, in my opinion, such a thing as 'too soon after a feed' - feeding habits can be so varied. If he is having milk every two-and-a-half hours then that should be sufficient.