Childhood Diseases

Posted by: izzie | 2012-05-28


liquid intake of 12 month old

Hi dr, my little girl is almost a year old and I have breastfed her exlusively from birth. She eats very well during the day but will only breastfeed once or twice at night when she is sleeping and wakes up briefly. My problem is her liquid intake during the day. She only takes about 100-200ml of water or rooibos tea and will not drink more than a few sips of cows milk. I have tried flavouring the milk and mixing it with the rooibos but she just is not a fan of drinking milk. I do feed her 2 yogurts during the day and she loves cheese as a snack. Is it ok if she chooses to not drink any milk and for her liquid intake to be so low? I offer her something very often but she is happy taking a sip or two at a time and then carrying on. I worry than when she does not breastfeed anymore that her liquid intake will be way too low but I cannot force her to drink!Will the yogurts and cheese/diary be enough to replace the milk she doesn''t drink?

Expert's Reply



I presume that your baby is gaining weight normally.It is almost certain that your baby girl is taking enough fluid daily through her breast feeding. Always offer her any fluid before you offer her solids. She will be getting enough calcium in her diet. When you do stop breastfeeding she will be happier about taking other forms of fluid.

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