Babies: Do infants need additional water?

How much supplemental water does a baby need?

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I am going to quote to you a section from The American Academy of Pediatrics textbook on nutrition.

"During the nursing period, the amount of water needed by infants to replace water loss from the skin and lungs, feces and urine, and to provide for growth, is available in human milk or infant formula ... When solid foods are introduced, additional water frequently is required ..."

It is also a good idea to hold off on introducing a bottle of water since sucking on the nipple of the bottle will satisfy some of baby's sucking needs, resulting in less sucking at the breast and a resulting decrease in milk production.

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