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Father Mar 18, 2011 09:32:45 PM ET

Ignorance isn't wisdom. listen to your doctors, people. breastmilk contains all the hydration an infant needs. for the same reason you carefully measure the amount of water you add to formula is the same reason you do not supplement breastfeeding with water. your infant's kidneys are not mature enough to balance its body's water to salt ratio. the outcome of overfeeding your infant water: seizures. breastmilk or formula, nothing else for 3-4 months.

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Steve Mar 1, 2011 01:21:21 AM ET

Milk already has enough water in it. no need to feel like the baby needs to be hydrated from a bottle of water, milk does that. water won't harm a 1 month old but it is not necessary unless a pediatrician instructs you to. just because you gave your baby water and nothing happened doesn't make you knowledgeable of what to and what not to give the baby. you don't want to have the same concept of everything else then make a mistake! babies react different from each other. children don't need to be taken chances on. you need to listen to your pediatrician! one who knows best! people we go through different revolutions as time passes. back in the day was back in the day, history corrects past events! just because your actions back in the day didn't do any harm doesn't mean it is still probable today. that's the whole point of research! to improve how and what was done back in the day! pediatricians today are a lot more trained than back in the day. so either listen to your pediatrician or burry your baby because of your "back in the day" concepts. good day

brenda Nov 13, 2013 11:42:17 PM ET

How self righteous you sound breast milk is just that milk and when you add milk powder to water it takes on a whole new set of properties and becomes milk powder plus water = milk you drink water if not you die same goes for a baby not very much water at a serving, just a couple of suckles from a bottle is plenty just enough to (to steal a phrase from another responder) and i quote "wet their whistle." without a small amount of water my child became constipated her doctor told me to give her a little bit of warm water and karo syrup and that worked and no it wasn't the karo syrup it was the warm water you need it to survive so do they, breast fed babies are different but formula babies, i totally agree a little bit is good.

Bill Dec 12, 2013 01:12:28 AM ET

Lol, this is so ridiculous. you people need to crack open a text book or go back to school. adding power to water does not change the properties of the water itself. babies do not need to drink water to survive. think about it - cups are a relatively recent invention. how would a baby even drink water in the old days? it can't get water from a river or stream

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Michelle Feb 28, 2011 03:50:55 AM ET

Breastmilk is 88% water. a breastfed baby does not need additional water. water dilutes the breastmilk in a baby's system, and you dont want the baby to fill up on water.

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P. HE Feb 21, 2011 07:09:19 PM ET

I am a grandmother of 6. the first time i heard babies don't need water, i was not at all happy. one reason water is beneficial is because it helps with excess mucus build-up. you cannot convince me there is enough h2o in formulas and breastmilk. our bodies need water. i gave my children water after every formula or breast milk feeding. it never hurt them. we need water whether we are young or old. what's going on with these pediatricians! every time they come up with these new ideas they are passed down to our children. i am thankful for our peds, but our children are not test animals. come on people, let's use wisdom!!! our babies need water!!!

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Alisha Mar 3, 2010 01:51:07 AM ET

I formula feed my 1 month old daughter right now and she wakes up every 1-2 hours and is screaming for more food until i break down and give it to her. she will then consume about 2 to a most likely 4. i am going to start giving her water just flavored by formula every other feeding. my best judgement is sure to not fail, so after researching for days this is my conclusion.

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louise Feb 16, 2010 08:32:17 AM ET

My niece breastfeeds her doughter she is 5months old and i cant understand why these new mothers think water will harm them she has a 3 yr old doughter too if it was me i would give water,milk especially whenthere sick an fool ofcongestion cant breath good

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Granny Nov 14, 2009 06:01:20 PM ET

My daughter breast feeds and didn't leave me with enough to satify the baby's hunger with the 2 oz she left me with. i didn't have any mommy's milk nor formula and the baby was hungry. i boiled water, left it cool to room temperature and the poor little thing devoured her 5 oz water bottle and enjoyed every second of it once i calmed her down enough so that she'd drink it slow. when i first gave her it she was trying to gulp it and would have to make little coughs. i soothed her with my voice by telling her to drink it slow and she did and then drank all 5 oz within 1/2 hour. she is one month old. her mommy was mad at me but i really didn't have any other choice. with the situation at hand was it alright to let her drink so much water? i didn't force it on her, she was defitely hungry and she definitely enjoyed the water to the extent i got a burb and a smile when she was done. no harm done corrct, i hope not she was here for about anothr 45 minutes amd she didn't seem to have adverse effects only an effect of what appeared to be very satisfied and quite happy, but yet i feel so guilty?? confused 1st time grandma of a sweet breastfed granddaughter and apple of my eye.

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