Pedialyte is not designed for children under the age of 1 and should not be used as a substitute for breastmilk or formula. Many Pedialyte formulas contain artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, and chemical ingredients not beneficial to a developing baby. Additionally, in the 1-3 ounces a newborn might take, Pedialyte only offers 2 - 8 calories. Feeding a newborn non-nutritive liquid may cause them to burn more calories than they are consuming.
If you are concerned about your baby not receiving enough breastmilk or colostrum, or fear your baby may be dehydrated, please call Sunshine Pediatrics' onsite lactation consultant, Brooke Simmons. Brooke has been board certified and extensively trained in feeding babies and can thoroughly evaluate the root of the problem so that your baby can thrive. If you are concerned that your baby is sick, call Sunshine Pediatrics.