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Many new moms often wonder if it is safe to give water or anything other than breast milk to babies that are less than 6 months of age. If you ask your doctor he will clearly say no and if you ask your elders, they will say yes. Elders may tell us to give babies water during summers, as they may get dehydrated.
Now let’s understand why the doctor is right. You should not give water or anything other than breast milk to babies under 6 months of age. Breast milk already contains a good amount of water, which is almost 70%, and a good amount of nutritional values, vitamins, antibodies which your baby needs. Hence, your baby cannot get dehydrated, because he/she is getting a good source of feeding which he/she needs.
There are also some mothers who give janm gutti to their baby, like almond, sugar, gold, silver, etc.
This is not suggested either as such young babies cannot digest these foods and end up having problems like colic or stomach ache.
The baby’s intestines are still in the developing stage, and they can have problems with digestion if you give them anything other than breast milk. Rather, if due to some reason you can not give breast milk to your baby then you should give formula milk, which is best suitable for your baby and prescribed by your baby’s paediatrician.
One more important thing. Try not to bottle feed your baby because it increases colic. Overfeeding your baby can also cause a spit up problem, which is not good for the health of the baby. But always remember that you should solely feed your child breast milk for the first 6 months of his/her life to avoid any problems with health. You can feed your baby water in small quantities after 6 months.
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