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  •  Formula and fluoridated water (6+ / 0-)

    I wonder if the advice not to give her water is related to the advice from even pro-fluoride sources, like the dentists, to not mix formula with municipal water if it is fluoridated.

    Babies are small, and they consume a lot of fluids. The amount of fluoride dropped into the water supply is typically based on assumptions about how much fluoride to administer to an average-sized adult drinking an average amount of water, like eight glasses a day. The bottom line is that infants can get a toxic amount of fluoride if formula is reconstituted with fluoridated water.

    Interestingly enough, from what I understand, human breast milk has about the same amount of fluoride regardless of the mother's intake of fluoride from fluoridated water or other sources. The amount passed in breast milk is a lot lower than what cities put into the water supply.

    •  I think the point is that there is no nourishment (14+ / 0-)

      in water. Babies drink to eat, and if you're giving them water you're not giving them the food they need.

      I know some poor mothers try to stretch formula out by diluting it, and babies sometimes get "water intoxication" as a result.

    •  No water depends on several factors (2+ / 0-)
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      We were actually encouraged to give ours water when she was very young, not newborn but before 3 months. We live in Florida, it was hot, our trailer had very poor AC (you couldn't keep it below 80 unless it was cold out) and was badly insulated, and we walked 4 miles to the grocery store. She wasn't hungry, she was thirsty she was eating enough and gaining wait but still risking dehydration. Pediatrician agreed, give her water between. But that was extenuating circumstances.

      I think my point is, there is no set "rule book" for having a new born and what to do with them. Each case is individual, and has to be approached individually. You do the best with what you have. So if  the power goes out and the temperature jumps or plummets in the house, use common sense and dress your child appropriately (if cold, put them in your bed with you under the blankets, shared body heat works). Follow your instincts.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 06:09:47 AM PST

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    •  In the early 80's, my pediatrician told me to give (1+ / 0-)
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      flouride drops to my infant.  They were instantly spit out.  I trusted the baby on this one and stopped giving them.  Are they still recommending flouride for infants who are being breastfed?

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 07:35:06 AM PST

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