Frequently Asked Questions on Exclusive Breastfeeding Versus Water

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One of the top-notch benefits of exclusive breastfeeding is that it boost your baby’s immune system without fault. This in turns helps your baby to fall less ill. Exclusive breastfeeding improves a healthy weight gain. The breast milk acts as antibodies to go a long way in her immune system such as keeping chronic illnesses at bay.

On the other hand, many moms believe that breastfeeding a baby without the interference of water is not enough. To them it means a baby eventually dehydrates if given only breast milk. I can prove you wrong because there is no research that says your baby suffers dehydration if offered only breast milk without water.

In fact, authentic research says that 70 to 80 percent of a mother’s breast milk contains water while 20 to 30 percent of the remaining contains food. How do I know this? The difference is clear when you do this theory:

Try pumping a few milk into your baby’s bottle and you will see how the water looks like. Then proceed to pump further into same bottle or in a different bottle. As you do, you will notice that the milk becomes thicker and brighter in pale white or Yellow colour.

Another way to clarify if your baby takes enough water through breastfeeding is by checking how much wet diaper she has in a day. Also, your baby’s skin begins to glow due to the frequent intake of water from breast milk.

How else can I convince you that your baby is hydrating adequately?

👉She begins to thrive and also become more energized by the day.

👉She doesn’t constipate as long as it’s only breast milk introduced and no solid food is involved.

However, water should not be given to your baby in the first six months of life. The reason is because, water can fill up her tiny belly and can interfere with her body’s ability to absorb the nutrients in breast milk or formula. It can also cause her tummy to feel full, which curbs her desire to feed.

“In rare cases, a baby who drinks too much water can develop a condition known as water intoxication, which can cause seizures and even a coma. Water intoxication happens when too much water dilutes the concentration of sodium in the body, upsetting the electrolyte balance and causing tissues to swell.” says Baby Centre.

Should you introduce formula to your under six month old baby, do not dilute it with water. Strictly follow the package directions for making formula and use the recommended amount of water. Adding more than the specified amount of water to your baby’s formula can result to his intake of fewer nutrients.

Nonetheless, do not hesitate to consult your baby’s Pediatrician for nutritional advice regarding which formula is best suitable for your baby.

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Written by Mercy Christian

Wife, Caring Mom, Foodie, Child Care Expert & Volunteer. Devoted mom of two wonderful and lovely kids, Dominion and Olive. Lover of God and Humanity!
Lifestyle blogging became a big part of my life since I had my second child.

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