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oink17 asked:
My 3 month old baby is on full breast milk and my mother in law has been pestering my to feed him with plain water. Is it necessary to give plain water?

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Liew_Woei_Kang answered:
There is no need to feed water after breastmilk or formula, as the bulk of the milk is water. Feeding water in fact can add on to the distension of the stomach and cause more spit-ups. The advice is kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or paediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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mamabp answered:
Hi Oink17, it is not necessary to feed your baby if he/she is on full breastmilk. Breastmilk is made up of 80%-90% water. Unnecessarily introducing other fluids may have these downsides: - contaminants may be introduced to your baby - your baby will fill up with water and nurse less, resulting in taking in less nutrients. You may already know this will start off a vicious circle as your baby demands less breastmilk, your supply may decrease accordingly. But do try to understand your mother in law's views and explain patiently to her that it is not recommended at this stage. They do grow up in a different era. I am also awaiting the day my daughter has her own child(ren) and dismiss what I advice too =) When your child is past 4 months old, and you wish to start solids early (although not WHO recommended, but I received the OK from my paediatrician as my child was very interested in solids and it was becoming difficult to sustain breastfeeding as I needed to resume my work) then that would be the time to introduce water.

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Winnie Yap answered:
Pediatrician says it's not a must to feed water when baby is on breastmilk as breast milk is diluted and has all the nutrients they need. However I do feed my baby some water once a day to cultivate him into the habit of drinking plain water though. So far, he has grown well and healthy. :)

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Linda answered:
I agree with Michelle, but just an additional note. After 6 months, do give water or else in the long run, the kid may not like to drink water. That's what happened to my eldest girl.

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simcoury answered:
Doctor recommends full breastfeed for 6 months, as much as possible. This is their recommendation to us... But, since my baby gal is always having a hiccups, we gave her plain water sometimes.... So far she's ok, she drink water vry good now... Btw, my mother-in-law also gave her some (smashed) food during her 4th month and so on (though we prefer not to give, but mil is not listening to us, so got no choice as she's taking care of our baby while we're both at work).... Her reason is so the baby can familiarize with the taste and not be sensitive in food in the future... Hope this one helps...

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Xiao Ming answered:
As I knew, 90% of the breast milk is water. Therefore, as long as your breast milk is enough for your baby, its not necessary to feed him/her water. Meanwhile, if baby's output is perfectly fine, there is no worry at all. However, if baby's output is hard, should consult your PD for advise.

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Raine answered:
I exclusively breastfeed my son for the first 6 months. Breastmilk is his only source of food. Breastfed babies do not need water – keep in mind that breastmilk is 88% water.

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Mini answered:
Breastfeeding babies do not need extra water, though formula-fed babies often do. Your breast milk contains enough water for your baby, even in hot, dry climates. Formula contains higher concentrations of salts and minerals than breast milk does, so that extra water is often necessary for the kidneys to excrete the extra salt. Also, because of less efficient metabolism, formula-fed infants lose more water. While breast milk is approximately 88% water, formula is not and many pediatricians will recommend that formula fed babies be given sips of water from 6 months of age or when solid foods are introduced.

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Narunaru answered:
A lot of my elders advises me to give water to baby as well. I didn't give any water for the first six months. My baby is perfectly fine. Yes do check with doc to find out more.

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Felicia answered:
No water is actually necessary. Breastmilk (or even properly reconstituted formula) will provide enough water for baby. But if your mother in law keeps pestering you, feed your baby water but no more than 20ml per day. Hope this helps :)

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Ain answered:
It is not necessary as mother's milk have all the nutrients including h20 content within it. you can however flush water a lil bit to cleanse the mouth but not to feed as per normal feeding intake. It is common to hear elders asking us to do so as that was what they had been doing in the past, without medical knowledge back then. Hope you won't be so stress on this.

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Felvira answered:
My god seems like all mil is like that. They can't seem to get rid of the olden days thinking and come out to the modern world. I think we should have courses for "olden days people" and try to bring out their logical senses. And try to talk sense into them. It's the most difficult part of the motherhood period where two minds that doesn't think alike meet.

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