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When do you start giving a breastfed baby water?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:13 PM on Apr. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Jellisist - 8-9 weeks is way too early. 6 months is the recommended minimum.

    Amy - Breastmilk is 88% water. Babies do NOT need water.

    Answer by RanaAurora at 1:00 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • I did when she started eating meals with me. I would giver her water in a sippy. About 8-9 months old.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:15 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • When they start eating solids, just a small amount in a cup.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 1:45 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • I started offering a little in a sippy at about 6 months but she didn't really start drinking it much until about 8 months. Now she's 19 months old and drinks NOTHING BUT water, unless I make her a smoothie.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 1:46 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • I offered him a sippy when he started to eat solids which was 7 months. He mastered sippy use around 10 months and started drinking more than a few sips of water around 13 months.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:00 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • I start offering a sippy cup of water at 7 months. My pediatrician says not before 6 months.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 2:08 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • I gave my babies water when they could handle their own sippy cup. Before that, they didn't need any extra water.


    Answer by VeronicaLee at 2:34 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • With solids.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:50 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • Check this out: 

    Guidelines for offering water to breastfed babies

    Essentially, seeing as breastmilk is 88% water, any water in a cup is play and practice for a baby.  Never give it to them before they're 6 months old.  They have no need for it and it can actually interefere with proper eating.


    Answer by RanaAurora at 5:05 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • Not until they are AT LEAST 6 mos, and then only to practice really, they don't really need it until a year, or when they wean

    Answer by clovismommy25 at 6:45 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

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