Breastfeeding in the first 6 months
- Give only breastmilk during your baby’s first 6 months. Give nothing else, not even water.
- Exclusive breastfeeding means feeding your baby ONLY breastmilk for the first 6 months.
- Breastmilk provides all the food and water that your baby needs during the first 6 months of life.
- Even during very hot weather, breastmilk will satisfy your baby’s thirst.
- Giving your baby anything else will cause him/her to suckle less often and will reduce the amount of breastmilk that you produce.
- Water, other liquids, and foods can make the baby sick.
- You can give medicines if they are recommended by your health provider.
Note for community worker:
- There may be a period of 24 hours in the first day or two when the baby feeds only two to three times. After the first few days, frequent breastfeeding is important for establishing a good supply.