Feeding babies: the risks of giving them food before the sixth month

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Feeding babies: the risks of giving them food before the sixth month

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The WHO recommends breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.

“Man, a 2 month old baby died because the mother gave bean broth with angu [plat à base de semoule de maïs] and infected the intestine (even the surgery didn’t help), the “paediatrician” telling the mom to take the breast and give milk + mucilon [céréale pour enfants] to the 1 month old baby to gain weight, you have no idea how a children’s hospital is because of several cases.”

The above statement, posted on Twitter a few weeks ago, has gone viral, sparking a flurry of comments – and doubts – about baby food diversification.

To read especially on BBC Africa:

BBC News Brazil spoke to experts to clarify some of the top questions asked by mothers – until when should you breastfeed? When and how to give the first food other than milk? Is an artificial milk supplement necessary? Should I use a bottle or not?

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