Do Breastfed Babies Need to Drink Water to Stay Healthy?

Do Breastfed Babies Need to Drink Water to Stay Healthy?There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of cold water on a hot summer day. Have you ever thought about pouring a glass (or bottle) for your baby though? Whether breastfeeding or not, new moms may wonder if their baby is not properly hydrated. So if you’re an expecting mom or currently breastfeeding your little one, we have the simple guidelines for when your baby should drink water.

Infants do not need to drink water for the first six months of life, regardless if they’re drinking breast milk, formula, or a combination of the two. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests not adding water to your baby’s diet until solid foods become a mealtime staple. Healthy babies will receive enough fluids from breast milk or formula and do not need to drink water like adults do. If you live in an unusually hot climate or feel worried about your baby’s health, consult your pediatrician for advice.

Breast milk provides all of your baby’s essential vitamins and nutrients; it is the original “super food” and gives your little one a completely nutritious meal. Though there’s no hard and fast set of rules, the AAP recommends not introducing solids until your baby is around six months old, so hold off on introducing water until that point as well. You can be confident that your breast milk is giving your baby the healthiest boost possible!

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