Nutrition

Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies under six months.

What everyone should know about breastfeeding:

  • Breastfeeding improves the mother’s health and makes the baby healthy and strong.
  • The longer a mother breastfeeds (up to 24 months), the more benefits she and her baby get.
  • No additional food, drink or water should be given to a baby under the age of six months. Unless advised by a qualified health specialist.
  • Breastfeeding creates a special bond between mother and child, provides protection against illnesses and boosts the child’s brain development.
  • Breastfeeding reduces stress and helps manage body weight after giving birth.

After six months, a baby needs a variety of foods in addition to breast milk for healthy growth and development.

What everyone should know about nutrition and growth:

  • Breast milk is still a baby’s best source of nutrition, so continue breastfeeding when offering your child alternative food.
  • When feeding a baby porridge, make sure the porridge is thick enough. You can tell if it is thick enough if it does not slide off a spoon easily.
  • Make your feeding time into a time of interaction and learning by talking to your child. Try to make it as fun as possible.
  • From six months of age, add a new food to the child’s diet each week, starting with staple food like porridge.

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