Infants are more fragile than adults and as such feeding them excess amounts of water can be much more deadly than it can be for others. In addition, small amounts offer little benefit in the first place. Breast milk provides enough of the nutrition required for an infant to thrive. The price of formula is expensive which causes many parents to use alternatives to it, such as water. The unfortunate reality, however, is that despite the price formula is the safest thing to feed to a child and there is really no getting around that.
- Water can affect a baby’s sodium levels and cause major problems to their body.
- This sodium shift will cause swelling, which can be anywhere in the body, including the brain.
- Since breast milk is 88 percent water, it is better taken in by the body and doesn’t give them that effect.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that infants should consume exclusively breast milk – if at all possible – for the first six months of their lives, and continuing with supplemented soft foods and drinks through their first year.”