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Can i add a half an ounce of water to my breast milk? my baby is 1 month and 2 weeks


Asked by ohprettymommy at 4:43 AM on May. 1, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (8)
  • Are you pumping more than you are nursing your baby directly? Because no matter how good a pump you have, it still isn't as effective as actually nursing your child as a means of stimulating your milk production - especially when your baby is still so young and you're still establishing your milk supply. The way a baby suckles at the breast actually will physically trigger your body to increase it's milk production - it might take a day or two, but your supply will increase.

    But you don't want to mix water or anything with it, because it's not going to actually give your baby any more food, and, if the baby doesn't finish it all, it actually decreases the amount of nutrition they're taking in, since it's diluted.

    But keep in mind, even if what you're producing only looks like a tiny amount, think about how little your baby is, and how small their little tummy is - they can't eat much more than a little bit at a time :-)

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 10:06 AM on May. 1, 2011

  • NO!!! Just use pure breastmilk! It's the perfect balance for your baby!

    Answer by musicpisces at 4:46 AM on May. 1, 2011

  • your body will make enough milk for you baby, if not you'll see signs of not gaining weight, not enough wets/soileds, doctors concern, which in that case you would supplement with formula.

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 7:28 AM on May. 1, 2011

  • No. Are you nursing at all, or just pumping? When you say you aren't pumping a lot, tell me what you mean. Because average pump output is half an ounce to 2 oz, from both breasts combined, per session. If you are exclusively pumping, and not nursing at all, what pump are you using? How often are you pumping? How much milk are you giving your baby, at a time, and how often? Total of how much milk a day?

    Answer by Krysta622 at 8:46 AM on May. 1, 2011

  • If anything give formula, there is no nurtitional value in water for such a young baby.

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 8:51 AM on May. 1, 2011

  • I wouldn't. just try pumping a little more during the day to increase your milk.

    Answer by jenn4443 at 6:53 AM on May. 1, 2011

  • well i was curious because i dont pump a lot so to make the bottles full lol to just add a little water

    Comment by ohprettymommy (original poster) at 4:48 AM on May. 1, 2011

  • No.

    Answer by mompam at 9:55 AM on May. 1, 2011