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Giving baby diluted apple juice?

Posted by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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I have a 3 month old and we have been exclusively breastfeeding since birth. He has never had ANYTHING other than breastmilk. We are going to the beach next week and my mother-in-law suggested that we take a bottle of water with a little bit of apple juice in it down to the beach with us. She said it will help keep him hydrated in the heat. Of course I won't let him get too warm. He will be in the shade with a fan circulating air. But what do you think about giving him diluted apple juice? I know it won't hurt him but do any of you other moms do this?
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SunflowerMom10
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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Breastmilks really all he needs to keep hydrated. It's up to you, but I wouldn't.
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keyonasmommi
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM
I would start with just some water and it will keep him hydrated
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calusari
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

There's no reason to give a baby that young apple juice; water would be fine if needed, but breastmilk should be sufficient.

CrimsonGrace
by Bronze Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM
If anything, give plain water. The apple juice may cause diarrhea, making him dehydrate faster!
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emkirkley
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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NO, do NOT do this.  your breastmilk is the perfect balance of fluids and electrolytes, giving a baby under 6 months of age water instead of breastmilk or formula can lead to water intoxication very quickly in a young infant.

http://www.hopkinschildrens.org/newsDetail.aspx?id=4844

http://www.stlouischildrens.org/articles/wellness/water-intoxication-in-infants

CLCThompson
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM
Thanks mamas!
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babygomez
by April on Jun. 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM
Not at 3 months. My son is 6 months and I just recently introduced diluted juice.
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Ashleeduhh
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM
I've been giving dd diluted juice since 4 months cause she has had bowel issues. I get the motts for tots Apple juice that's already diluted quite a bit and dilute it more. I don't think it'll cause any issues but cold water would prob work too.
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Ashleeduhh
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM
Dramatic much? She was going to give some water..not replace breast milk with water, period. Jeez.

Quoting emkirkley:

NO, do NOT do this.  your breastmilk is the perfect balance of fluids and electrolytes, giving a baby under 6 months of age water instead of breastmilk or formula can lead to water intoxication very quickly in a young infant.

http://www.hopkinschildrens.org/newsDetail.aspx?id=4844

http://www.stlouischildrens.org/articles/wellness/water-intoxication-in-infants

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emkirkley
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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No, not dramatic.  Telling the truth.  Cold hard facts.  Did you know that it could take as little as one ounce for some children to start seizing because their electrolytes are out of balance?  It is very important that people understand there are risks, and know what those risks are.

Quoting Ashleeduhh:

Dramatic much? She was going to give some water..not replace breast milk with water, period. Jeez.

Quoting emkirkley:

NO, do NOT do this.  your breastmilk is the perfect balance of fluids and electrolytes, giving a baby under 6 months of age water instead of breastmilk or formula can lead to water intoxication very quickly in a young infant.

http://www.hopkinschildrens.org/newsDetail.aspx?id=4844

http://www.stlouischildrens.org/articles/wellness/water-intoxication-in-infants


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