When the temperature gets above 100, I require more liquids to stay hydrated. How do I tell that my infant is hydrated, and what should I do if she needs more liquids?

My infant is breastfed. My dad suggested a little bottle of water--I don't know if there's any harm in this.

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thanks for asking this! I was wondering the same thing...

(07 Jul '10, 02:05) johearn

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From my experience, babies are pretty good at letting you know when they're hungry or thirsty, so I would suggest to make sure that YOU stay well hydrated so that you can continue to produce as much milk as baby needs. I would check with a doctor or nurse before giving just water, there may be considerations such as water quality, sterilization, etc depending on the age and health of your baby.

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+1 - I have also heard that you should avoid giving water to infants who are not eating solid food yet. It could end up replacing the milk they need. Also +1 for keeping yourself hydrated. I was given the same advice by my doctor last summer.

(06 Jul '10, 17:14) Anne
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+1 for following & responding to baby's cues

(06 Jul '10, 17:23) Kate
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You will probably find that your baby wants to feed more often when it is hot and you might want to offer them them a drink more often.

(06 Jul '10, 21:22) K D

We were living in a top floor apartment without A.C. when my oldest was a tiny baby and it was a very hot summer that year too. Not fun, my Dr. sister-in-law called me to make sure that he had 4 - 6 (or more, depends on your baby) really wet diapers a day, clear unsmelly pee, and said he be fine, but if his urine started to get yellow or (heaven-forbid) pinkish, and smelly, to give him sips of water from a cup. (She's a big believer in nipple confusion, and they are less likely to get too much water from sipping from a cup than from a bottle.)

If she's gaining weight and you're nursing on demand the chances she'll have any problems are pretty slight. But, yeah, you should drink lots and lots and lots, producing milk dehydrates, add in the heat and you would likely be in trouble long before she would!

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+1 for using wet diapers as an indicator

(09 Jul '10, 17:42) Sunday

Update: my pediatrician said that a little water is OK if they're really hot or seem dehydrated, but to be careful, because too much water can imbalance electrolytes.

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From my experience the best way to make certain that your nursling is hydrated is to nurse as often as possible, as much as they want. Be sure to increase your own fluid intake and just keep on nursing.

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Not much to add except one tip: We have bottles of Pedialyte on-hand just in case things get out of hand (i.e. diarrhea and vomiting). It's always good to be prepared.

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