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Solids, breastfeeding and drinking water

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Solids, breastfeeding and drinking water

Postby Hannah » Thu 23 May, 2013 11:52 am

Hi,
My baby is nearly 8 months old and has 3 solid meals a day plus 4 breast feeds (which I give before solids). During each meal I offer her water from a sippy cup and she is just about getting the hang of drinking out of it, but she hardly drinks anything, and I would say most of what she gets out ends up dribbling down her chin! Should I be concerned by this and can you offer suggestions as to how to get her to drink more water? I should note she is not constipated but eventually she won't be on 4 bf a day so she will need more fluid in her diet won't she?
Also, at what point should I start offering the solids before the breastfeeds?
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Re: Solids, breastfeeding and drinking water

Postby NgalaOnline » Thu 23 May, 2013 4:51 pm

Hi Hannah

Thank you for your post. It is very common for most babies to take quite a number of months to learn to effectively drink from a cup. At this point in time your baby is receiving all of her hydration needs through your breastmilk, and introducing a cup of water at this stage is more for the baby to begin becoming familiar with the cup and learning how to drink. At 8 months of age most babies are obtaining very little from the cup and this can be worrying to many parents. Often by around 10 - 12 months, with frequent use of the cup the baby will become more skilled at effectively drinking from the cup. Buying lots of different types of cups usually does not make any difference, but it can be helpful to have one beaker style cup with a spout and one cup with a straw, as some babies adapt better to each type of drinking device. It is also helpful to know that baby foods usually contain a high percentage of fluid. Many parents expect that a baby should be consuming similar amounts of fluid from a sippy cup as they would from a bottle, but babies will typically not consume this amount of liquid from a sippy cup and this is a normal part of development as they move towards having a diet based more around solids rather than being exclusively liquid. It is normal for babies to have less wet nappies than they did in the first six months of life. If your baby is having at least 4 - 5 heavily wet nappies in 24 hours, is contented and active, has moist lips and mouth then these are good signs that she is receiving all the fluid she needs.

There is no hard and fast rule about when breastfeeds should be preceded by solids, and it can vary from baby to baby. For most babies (ie those babies that are putting on weight well, when mum does not have concerns about her breastmilk supply, baby is feeding well and having an adequate number of wet nappies) it is ok to offer solids before breastfeeds at around 8 months of age. In time this usually results in babies consuming less breastmilk, which results in them having more interest in drinking water. Your baby sounds as though she is doing well and developing normally. I hope this information has been helpful.
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