Will my baby need water or formula in addition to my breastmilk?
It's not necessary to supplement breastmilk with water or formula unless your doctor tells you there's a medical reason to do so. If your baby is in the nursery at the hospital, insist that she not receive any water, formula, or sugar (glucose) water but be brought to you instead to breastfeed. This ensures that your little one's primary source of nutrition is breastmilk.
You may want to consider holding off on using pacifiers until after your milk supply is well established. (This may take two to four weeks.) Your milk supply increases to match the level of your baby's sucking, so make sure all the sucking is done at your breast.
In your baby's first months, water, juice, and other foods aren’t necessary. Your baby will get all the nutrition she needs from your breastmilk. And even as you introduce solid foods, breastmilk or iron-fortified infant formula should still be the primary sources of nutrition for your baby’s first year.
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