One of the best things that only you can do is to breastfeed your baby for as long as possible. The longer a mom and baby breastfeeds, the greater the benefits are for both mom and baby.
Babies should be fed with breast milk only — no formula — for the first six months of life. Ideally, though, babies should receive breast milk through the first year of life, or for as long as both you and your baby wish. Solid foods can be added to your baby’s diet, while you continue to breastfeed, when your baby is six months old. For at least the first six months, breastfed babies don’t need supplements of water, juice, or other fluids. These can interfere with your milk supply if they are introduced during this time.
What if I’m Unable to Breastfeed?
It is strongly recommended that moms should breastfeed their baby exclusively for six months. But it understands that there are mothers who are unable to breastfeed or shouldn’t breastfeed. Infant formula is safe and nutritious for those women who are not able to breastfeed. [ Also read: Formula Feeding Your Baby – What You Need to Know ]