Breastfeeding Only Is Best
It seems that some mothers have a difficult time believing that their breast milk is sufficient for the nutritional needs of their baby. Some feel an almost overwhelming temptation to supplement their breast milk with water, sugar (glucose) water or formula in an effort to get them to eat more. But as researchers have come to discover, eating more, especially at the beginning of life, is not necessarily beneficial.
A recent review of research found that supplementing breast milk is not necessary for babies in their first six months. The researchers “found no benefit to newborn infants and possible negative effects on the duration of breastfeeding from the brief use of additional water or glucose water. For infants at four to six months, we found no benefit from additional foods nor any risks related to morbidity or weight change.”
This is important to know as it will boost the confidence mothers may need to continue to breastfeed for the full six months that most doctors recommend.