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week old newborn and water (expert please)
An_222039 posted:
Hello! my milk just came in a few days ago, and im not quite up to the demand baby girl is placing on me yet. my mother told me to give her a few swallowfuls of distilled water in between feedings or when my breasts need a break. she says it will be fine, ive had many different people tell me many different things. how much water can she have? will it really toxify their blood? it does calm her and hold her over untill my breasts have more milk, but if its bad for her then i dont want to do it. also, we are strictly breastfeeding. THANKS! :)
phoenix31674 responded:
While I'm not an expert, everything I have read written by one says you should not give a baby water. They will feel full, but not get any calories which can lead to malnutrition.

Just keep putting her to breast as often as she wants. Your body will produce more milk. By giving her water (or any other supplement like formula) your breasts aren't getting the signal they need to produce more milk and your supply won't go up.

For sore breasts, that will past. If you have cracked nipples, use lanolin to help keep them moist or coat them with breast milk when she's done nursing. It too will pass.
TyPatrick08 responded:
DO NOT SUPPLEMENT A WEEK OLD WITH WATER! You should supplement with formula if you need to but not with water.
seeit2 responded:
Keep nursing and your boobs will catch up. She will not starve in the meantime.
Roy Benaroch, MD responded:
No water. Little babies don't have physiologic mechanisms in place to deal with anything other than what they're supposed to eat: breast milk. If you would like to supplement, use a commercial baby formula. Do not give a newborn tap or distilled or any other kind of water.

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