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Hi,

My baby is now 2 months old. I’m breastfeeding him and giving formula milk as well.

Should I feed him water after he has drunk formula milk(say 10-20ml)?  Indeed, my pediatrician said that infants shouldn’t take much water as my breast milk is more than enough. However, my in-law always want to feed him water.

Your reply is highly appreciated!

Asked by Tammy - Posted 6 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 1 Day, 12 hours, 59 minutes ago.

Dear Tammy,

Generally, normal healthy infants do not require additional water intake besides breast milk or formula as there is sufficient water content in the breast milk/formula. Newborn or infant’s kidneys are not mature enough to handle large volume of water in their body.

Therefore, your paediatrician is right and you may educate your mother in-law about this fact.

Thank you.

Dr Pong Kwai Meng
FRCP(Glasg), FRCP(Edin), MRCP(UK), MRCPCH,
MBBS(Mal), M.Med.(Paeds), AM
Full registration No.: 30451
Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist

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