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Breast Feeding

Have To Know

04/16/2002

Question:

What shouldn`t I feed my child as long as I am breastfeeding?

Answer:

In order to answer your question completely, I`d need to know more about you and your baby. Basically, the young breast-fed infant is receiving ideal nutrition. Between 4 to 8 months of age, infants frequently indicate the need for solid foods and how and when to start them can be discussed with the baby`s health care provider, Pediatric Nurse practitioner or Pediatrician. Breast-fed infants don`t need extra water but in hot, dry climates you can give the baby a small amount of water after breast feeding is well established. The same is true for fruit juice. It`s best to hold off on offering fruit juice until the baby is older (six months or so) and only use pasteurized juice in small amounts. I`m not sure if this addresses your question. Please feel free to write back if it doesn`t.

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Response by:

Donna   Dowling, PhD,RN Donna Dowling, PhD,RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University