Is It Ok To Give Water To My 3 Month Old?
My three month old wants to suck on a bottle about every hour. I know he is not hungry so I was wondering if he can have a small amount of water? Can it be harmful in anyway?
Baby Help Line Response:
Water To Infant - Yes Or No
Yes, you can give some water to your 3 month old as long as it doesn't make him eat too little and it is just a little bit of water
Giving him a small amount of water instead of the breast or formula if he wants to suck that often might be an efficient way to teach him to settle without the sucking (doesn't taste as good). You may also want to try a pacifier
However, if the frequent feeding is something he has been doing only for a short while, it might be that he is in a growth spurt and is working hard to increase your supply of milk (or formula). In such case, offering him water instead of the breast will be counter productive. Your supply will not increase and he will continue to want to suck often, simply because he is hungry.
So if you do think it can be a growth spurt, wait for a few days with the water if you do breast feed and maybe combine with giving him some more formula if he is only bottle fed.
Also remember to give him clean water and only in small amounts (like a table spoon). Depending on the quality of your tap water, if you plan to use it, ask a health care provider in your area if you should boil it.
The reason you should not give your baby large amounts of water
, is that it can result in water intoxication
- i.e. that the sodium balance of your baby becomes affected. This happens more easily before a baby starts with solid foods, since the only sodium available to the baby is through the breast milk or formula. (Read more about water intoxication among the comments below)
Hope this helps!
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