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Is breast best?

Is breastmilk best for hydration? DS is 9mos.

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Asked by afjenn480 at 4:28 PM on Mar. 9, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Of course.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:30 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Yes. Unless you are on certain meds or the baby has special needs. I'm still dissapointed that I cannot produce :(

    Answer by xJasonsMommyx at 4:31 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Yes, if this is the method he's been feeding from since birth. If he's formula fed then that's where his hydration comes from. Unless he is sick and fighting dehydration, then you do what your dr. recommends. Typically they'll suggest pedialite, or small amounts of water. If you're worried about dehydration count the number of wet diapers. I believe they recommend at least 2-3 in a day. If you're asking just a general question, not because he's sick, then his hydration comes from whatever form of liquid milk you provide, IE breast feeding or formula. Under normal circumstances nothing else is absolutely necessary until at least 12 months of age. You can give it out of preference, but it's not necessary.

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 4:32 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • I think so, but of course I have always breastfed. If my girls were sick I would give them small amounts of pedialyte also.

    Answer by amber1330 at 4:45 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Yes. It's an all-in-one. As long as baby is breastfeeding at least 3-4 times a day and getting appropriate wet diaper count, no other liquid is necessary. My daughter never had anything substantial other than breastmilk until over a year old (liquids-wise).

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 5:10 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • In most cases. At 9 mos, if baby is also taking solids, you can offer water in a cup at mealtimes if you wish. But remember, the entire first year, always nurse before solids.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 6:48 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • whats best is what works for mom and baby

    Answer by Amanda11810 at 11:32 AM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • Thanks, Ladies =) DS still has croup, but I'm not worried about was just a question of interest!

    Comment by afjenn480 (original poster) at 5:26 PM on Mar. 13, 2011

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