My baby got sick from too much formula and water
Author: Melissa Lahti
Feb. 27, 2012
After having my fourth child and breastfeeding them all, this was going to be the first child I was going to leave home to go to work. I bought a really nice breast pump and was all ready to go. When she was 6 weeks old I returned to work and continued to breastfeed at home and pump while at work. She was doing well with this and I was going to start introducing her to a little formula just to substitute when I didn’t have time to pump. When she was about 5 months old, her father and I decided it was time for a date. We left her with my brother and his girlfriend. They had a son that was about 2 years old so they seemed like a good candidate for babysitting.
We were off to dinner and a movie. During this time they gave the baby a bottle of milk. She was fussy so they gave her more. At this age, she was still only drinking only about 5 oz of milk, they had given her about 10 oz so far and when she was still upset they took water straight from the fridge and gave it to her cold in her bottle. She began to throw up continuously. We had to come home early from our date to help her. After this experience, she would never touch another bottle. She wanted breast milk, straight from the breast. We tried every different kind of bottle. I tried pumping and putting the milk in a cup and she would not touch it. I had to quit my job and start doing home health where I could go to someone’s house for an hour or two and then return home to feed her. Everyone kept telling us to let her starve and eventually she would take the bottle. We attempted this once and after 8 hours of not eating we could not let her go any longer. She was upset and needed to eat. Eventually after she turned a year, she started taking cow’s milk from a cup and I breastfed her only at night. At about 18 months I was finally able to stop breastfeeding altogether.
There are many morals to this story. One is to be very careful who babysits your child even if they are someone you love and trust with your life it does not mean they know how to care for your child. Always make sure to leave very specific instructions for whoever stays with your child. A baby under the age of 6 months does not need any water because the water they receive in formula and breast milk is enough. It is ok for a baby to have a very small amount of water but it should be limited to sips. Having too much water will cause the baby to be full and not get the much needed nutrients from breast milk or formula.