Does My Breastfed Baby Need Extra Water and Vitamins?
Breastfed babies do not need extra waters, Common Breastfeeding Questions and Problems – Article Four Articles as formula-fed babies do. Your breast milk is very high in water, while formula is more concentrated. Extra water is discouraged, not because of the water itself, but because of the possibility of nipple confusion and breastfeeding disharmony if babies are given water in a bottle in the newborn period.
A healthy term baby who is getting enough breast milk does not need vitamin supplements, unless recommended by your doctor for your baby’s special nutritional needs. When baby is around nine months of age, your health care provider may recommend a multivitamin with iron if baby’s blood count or diet is low in iron.
Increasing Your Milk Supply
Our three-week-old baby doesn’t seem to be gaining as much weight as she should, and I don’t feel I have enough milk. How can I increase my milk supply?
Most delays in milk production are the result of one or several of the following: improper positioning and latch-on, interference in the harmony between mother and baby, a tired mother in a busy nest, or scheduled feedings. Go through the following steps.
Weigh baby more frequently. Consult your doctor and arrange to bring your baby into the office for a weight check twice a week.
Seek assistance. Consult a lactation specialist to review your positioning and latch-on techniques and to evaluate your baby’s suck.
Get support. Contact breastfeeding and mothering organizations such as your local La Leche League.
Avoid negative advisers. “are you sure she’s getting enough milk?” “I couldn’t breastfeed either. . . .” You don’t need discouragement when you are trying to build up your confidence as a new mother. Surround yourself with supportive people. Breastfeeding is a confidence game.
Check your nest. Is your nest too busy? Temporarily shelve all commitments that drain your energy from breastfeeding your baby.