For most babies, breast milk is the best food. It's easier for your baby to digest than infant formula. Breast milk can protect your baby against some illnesses and some people think it even helps make babies smarter. "A mother's milk also has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein. Breastfeeding also saves time and money", American College Nurse-Midwives says.
Feed your baby each time she is hungry or every 2 to 3 hours. If your baby has 6 to 8 wet nappies a day, this means that she is getting enough to eat. You should wait until your baby is least 4 to 6 months old to feed her baby solid food. It's important to ask your doctor about what to feed your baby and when to add new foods.
If you are HIV positive and your baby is not, then it is not recommended that you breastfeed. HIV can be transmitted from mother to child through breastmilk. Talk to your doctor or clinic about formula feeding.