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Mother insists I need to give 2 week old water- do I?

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Pinkflipflop Fri 15-Feb-13 11:33:20

confused 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. sad

Passmethecrisps Fri 15-Feb-13 12:48:02

^what pig's mummy said.

It is really hard when you get so much contradictory advice though

poozlepants Fri 15-Feb-13 12:48:19

My Mil used to go on about the boiled water as well. I ignored it- you should too.

ElliesWellies Fri 15-Feb-13 12:54:25

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.

Celestia Fri 15-Feb-13 17:27:48

My mum is obsessed with my babies having water! She even asked the hv in front if me shock. The hv said not to grin.

It must be a generation thing.

LittleEdie Sat 16-Feb-13 01:26:04

Not in February. Maybe in August.

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