As a high proportion of the baby’s body weight is water, it is important to keep him properly hydrated. Breastfeeding covers your baby’s essential needs for water.
Newborn babies have high needs for water, proportionally much higher needs for water than adults. Infants can be faced with frequent losses of liquid due to regurgitation, vomiting or diarrhoea. As the kidneys are still growing and not able to concentrate much urine, your baby has to produce far more urine than an adult to eliminate.
Although breastfeeding provides the water your baby needs, it is extremely important to keep him properly hydrated, particularly in case of heat, diarrhoea or fever. Do not hesitate to let your baby drink as much water as needed. Remember to always ask your doctor or paediatrician for advice.