Breastfeeding will cover it for now, because you're only giving small tastes of food to start with and will still be giving almost the same amount of milk feeds as you were before. When you increase the amount of solid food, you can introduce water.
I personally do not think you need to introduce water because you are introducing solids. Thirst can be quenched with breastmilk. You certainly can introduce the concept of water from a cup but TBH I think I would wait a bit longer for that. Once solids are established as 3 meals a day and you are dropping milk feeds, That is when they can be replaced with water. Don't give yourself any more hassle than you need to
lots of conflict here...are you giving DS a breastfeed before or after his solids ? If you are maybe he won't be thirsty.
However, if you're not, we do all need a drink when we eat & I can't imagine he'll drink so much water that he'll reduce his milk feeds ?
My DD has suffered so badly from constipation, I think it's a really good idea to get them into good drinking habits. If you find this is happening & you haven't offered a drink, please please offer at each meal. Once it starts, it's a terrible cycle to break
Breastmilk is an adequate drink though. I must admit I always breastfed after solids were given. Also continued to give breastfeeds between mealtimes as it were. Foremilk has a high water content anyway. So if babe is thirsty, breastfeed is all that is needed. Ruthie's DS isn't quite 6 months old yet so breastmilk is far more beneficial than water.
My ds didn't drink water until well a year old when he got the hang of a straw cup. I have my own private theory that it's not that babies don't like water - it's that they can't get a sufficient drink from any of the amazing range of cups. When mothers finally give in and give juice then that was actually the time they would have been ready to drink water IYSWIM.
Agree with lots here who say that they dont need it but I started giving ds a cup of water, in a Boots 1st stage one with only one hole, just to get him used to it. If you don't want to wean for a long time though, don't bother.
MT, that was the one I gave DS to start with. The very first time I gave it to him (he was six and a half months old) he took it from me and swigged away like he'd been waiting for me to offer him a drink!
He still drinks copious amounts of water 11 months later - heard him having a drink in his cot at 6am this morning (pregnancy bladder wakes me then!), then settling back down to sleep again!