Air, food and water and the three vital components of living beings. Humans can’t live without air for more than a few minutes; we can’t live without water for a few hours and without food for a few days.
Question: Can I give my baby water?
Answer: No; Breast milk or formula only for the first 6 months.
Your baby needs nutrients for the first few months; these can be found in breast milk or baby formula. Breast milk is 88% water; so, the baby drinking breast milk is drinking water and lots of nutrients.
Drinking water will make the baby feel full and s/he might not be able to drink ample milk / formula instead.
100ml of Breast milk has 4.2 grams of fat, 1.1 grams of protein and 7 grams of lactose. Breast milk also provides calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, chlorine to the baby.
Expressed breast milk can be stored for a while; at room temperature, for about 6 – 8 hours, in insulated thermal bags with ice packs for up to 24 hours, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days; in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Baby formula brands include Similac, Enfamil, Nestle, Parents Choice, Bright Beginnings, Gerber, O Organics.