As we wave goodbye to winter (finally) and look forward to warmer weather, you may wonder if your baby needs to drink water to stay hydrated. If your baby is exclusively breastfed and is younger than six months old, the answer is no*.
Breastmilk is almost 90% water and provides all the hydration (not to mention energy and nutrients!) your baby needs, even in very hot weather. Feeding supplemental water to a baby younger than five weeks old can actually be dangerous; water can dilute the sodium in the newborn’s bloodstream and cause seizures.
To keep your nursling hydrated and comfortable in hot temps, offer the breast frequently. Breastmilk is more than enough to quench your baby’s thirst!
*If you have concerns about your baby’s hydration, please speak to a lactation or medical professional.