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Water

Postby nams » 05 Aug 2016, 22:40

My DD (just under 6 months) is doing really well with BLW and is really getting the hang of chewing now, and starting to swallow a bit, though not massive amounts yet. (I'm offering solids 3 times a day now.) She is still BF as much as ever, if not more, and also gulping down the 4oz formula we give her in the evenings as a top-up (to the point where we're sometimes giving her more than this as she just seems so hungry, even after drinking me dry on both sides and having her solids!)

My question is: should we be offering her a cup of cooled boiled water with her solids? And if so, what type of cup is best to use at this stage?
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Re: Water

Postby StJuniper » 06 Aug 2016, 16:01

I wouldn't bother with cooled & boiled, but you can keep a shot glass, doidy cup, or sippy cup on hand to help wash down meals. They won't rely on it as a drink at this point, but can start practicing and it help sometimes to clear their mouth out before moving on from a meal.
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Re: Water

Postby Lily » 06 Aug 2016, 18:18

Yes, just ordinary tap water is fine. Different kids like different cups, so experiment to see what works; my first loved his doidy cup but my youngest didn't see the point of it and has always just used ordinary open cups.
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Re: Water

Postby Marrow » 06 Aug 2016, 18:30

At this time of year, it doesn't matter if she gets wet, so you can get some practice in before it gets cold!
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Re: Water

Postby nams » 06 Aug 2016, 19:20

Thank you for the replies. We have a selection of sippy and doidy cups from when DS was a baby, so will dig them out; at least we won't be wasting money if she doesn't get on with certain types!
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Re: Water

Postby EnigmaFish » 09 Aug 2016, 22:05

I found that both of my girls got constipated soon after they started eating solids. I mean actually eating; I could see the returns of dinner in their poo, and then... no poo. For Kleintje, we found that a drink of water after each meal helped. Newt wasn't having any of that tasteless water crap, so she had a nice dessert of breastmilk instead.
By the way (since this is World Breastfeeding Week), it might help you to know that she's not actually draining your breasts. As the milk goes out, new milk is being constantly made. I heard someone describe it once as, "less like a lake and more like a river". I used to worry a lot about running out and not having enough milk. That helped me feel better.
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Re: Water

Postby Tortillus » 11 Aug 2016, 05:15

Tap water should be fine, depending on how good it is, of course. If you drink it yourself, it will be fine for your DD.
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Re: Water

Postby nams » 11 Aug 2016, 20:12

Thank you. She generally demands a breastfeed after each meal (even if she's had milk with it) so not much chance of constipation! I get what you're saying about breastfeeding, but presumably once she's drunk the stored milk, she's then getting less when she sucks, which frustrates her.
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Re: Water

Postby EnigmaFish » 11 Aug 2016, 21:34

Oh yes, I remember that! My girls stopped getting frustrated after awhile. I don't know why it happened. They just got on with things and didn't get annoyed. Babies are such funny things.
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