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Water or no water? What's the current thinking on breastfeeding in the heat

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fruitstick Wed 24-Jun-09 13:22:19

When DS1 was a baby every health visitor told me something different.

When the weather is hot does your breastmilk adapt? DS2 had just settled into a really nice pattern of 3.5 to 4 hour feeds but I don't want to fill him up on water if my milk is already watered down iyswim.

WhatFreshHellIsThis Wed 24-Jun-09 13:24:06

afaik it does adapt and become more watery - you could just monitor that DS2 is weeing frequently (although it will be a bit less than normal in the heat, it shouldn't be too much less) and see how he gets on?

theyoungvisiter Wed 24-Jun-09 13:26:57

no water is what I've been told consistently since DS1 (now 3).

You might need to feed more frequently though, as the baby may need more fluid in the heat.

Reallytired Wed 24-Jun-09 13:27:11

How old is your baby? I would offer an older baby (who is on solid food) water without hesitation.

My daughter is nine weeks old and is just having breastmilk. I can sympathise its annoying when they want to do nothing but feed.

WhatFreshHellIsThis Wed 24-Jun-09 13:27:22

babycentre says no water

goingnowherefast Wed 24-Jun-09 13:28:24

No water should be necessary if exclusively bf, but as others have said you might want to offer the breast more often to ensure ds is getting enough fluids.

mummyrex Wed 24-Jun-09 13:28:53

AFAIK, the first part of every feed is relatively 'watery'. If you are fully feeding on demand, then when your baby is thirsty, and demanding more 'feed' then they will get more watery milk.

I lived in the tropics with 3 of mine, fully breast-fed, no extra water required, MUCH hotter than here, MUCH MUCH more humid, no problem at all.

If you are not feeding on demand then maybe it's different, maybe then you should offer water between what you regard as proper feeds - I don't know

theyoungvisiter Wed 24-Jun-09 13:29:45

oh yes - reallytired makes a good point - the advice I received was based on the assumption that you are excl bf, no solids etc.

Gmakes3 Wed 24-Jun-09 13:30:53

Did a peer support course last year with LLL and no need to give water just BF as often as the baby needs, can't quite remember the stats but breast milk has enough water in it already and you are right you risk filling him up if giving just water. Sounds like a nice pattern you have going my 8 week old is still every 2 to 2.5 hours day and night envy

fruitstick Wed 24-Jun-09 13:55:47

As I thought.

he is 16 weeks and wanting more feeds today which is fine but a little annoying.

I shall keep calm and carry on.

pigletmania Wed 24-Jun-09 13:56:13

I would agree with reallytired, if the baby is on solids and an older baby/ toddler water would definitely be needed, they are more active too.

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