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do i need to giuve a breastfed baby extra water?

(15 Posts)
misdee Fri 27-May-05 19:21:54

never fed in the summer months. please help.

hercules Fri 27-May-05 19:22:34

No. Just feed more.

WigWamBam Fri 27-May-05 19:23:14

The make-up of your milk will adjust to suit the temperature, so unless it's really hot you shouldn't need to.

misdee Fri 27-May-05 19:23:25

so the little 'snack' feeds inbetween main ones are ok?

hercules Fri 27-May-05 19:24:16

I would say so. They didnt have bottles years ago did they.

misdee Fri 27-May-05 19:25:09

no idea, i am not that old lol.

was thinking of spoon feeding some water, but if not needed then i wont.

hercules Fri 27-May-05 19:25:39

DH was brought up in Sri Lanka and they dont give water there.

LeahE Fri 27-May-05 19:28:16

No, "snack" feeds should cover it.

hunkermunker Fri 27-May-05 19:29:02

Nope, no need. DS was born at the beginning of April last year and it was sweltering by early May - I just fed him more often and sometimes he didn't seem to want "eating" feeds, more quick snacks which I figured were more like drinks of foremilk.

eidsvold Mon 30-May-05 11:30:02

misdee - dd2 was born Nov - our summer and I noticed that she seemed to have more 'snacks' on really hot days to help her stay hydrated.

LottieG Mon 30-May-05 14:00:39

Hi! Just wanted to say that for the first 3 months of my daughter's life we were living in a very hot climate - up to 44 degrees C at times - and dd didn't have any water at all, just breast milk.

I did notice that when it was particularly hot she like to just drink the foremilk!


collision Mon 30-May-05 14:05:41

BF babies dont need extra water tho Bottle fed babies do. DS is nearly 7 months and I have just introduced him to a cup but he tends to just take more foremilk when he is thirsty.

Clever, isnt it????!!

wysiwyg Sun 05-Jun-05 01:01:42

This is an interesting thread. I found myself wondering about why a certain make of cup/beaker is from 3 months upwards and doubted that BF was enough. Was told water not necessary.

Cooperoo Sun 05-Jun-05 06:13:58

I moved to Cyprus when dd was approx 4 mths and b/f. It was August and ridiculously hot but I did not have to give her any water. I noticed that when I expressed the consistency of my breast milk had changed. It was a lot more watery and discussed it with the HV and she said that the body adjusts to provide for your baby. How clever. I did need to feed a bit more to begin with but nothing drastic. HTH.

flobbleflobble Sun 05-Jun-05 09:04:03

Make sure you drink lots!

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