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Your first milk is the best

Created by BabyCenter

Your baby is here! Now what to do? Food, of course! And your breasts contain the very best food for your baby.

Plan to put your baby straight to the breast when he is born. It helps get feeding started, gives him your precious first milk and reduces the amount you bleed.

The first milk you make is very thick and creamy-coloured. It is called colostrum. Sometimes you may find this yellowy milk leaking from your breasts.

Colostrum is a precious gift for your baby. It is so good for him, it is like giving him his first vaccination! This first milk is rich in foods and antibodies. Don’t throw it away.

Feed this special first milk to your baby as soon as he is born, within the first hour. It will give your baby the best start in life. Feeding him anything else is harmful and a waste of your special first milk.

Breastmilk alone is the best food for the first 6 months. It is free, safe, prevents illness, and helps your baby to grow strong. Let him suckle often. Do not give your baby honey, sugar water, ghee or cow’s milk.

If you are living with HIV then your baby will need to take antiretrovirals (ARVs). The ARVs will protect him from getting HIV and you will need to feed them to him every day.

If you have any questions, ask your doctor.

10 February 2015