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Why is mixed feeding before 6 months harmful?

Mixed feeding is harmful for your baby, because she would be getting less of your precious breastmilk. If you are HIV+, mixed feeding will make it easier for HIV to pass on to your baby through your breastmilk. Other milk can damage your baby's gut, allowing the virus to pass through. Feeding only breastmilk until she is six months old will help prevent this.

Any other milk, like cow's milk or formula milk, will not have the rich goodness of breastmilk. Breastmilk contains lots of nutrients and antibodies to help your baby fight illnesses. Drinking different kinds of milk reduces the goodness of breastmilk.

Other forms of milk can pick up germs easily. This increases your baby's risk of infection. Your little baby will then find it hard to fight the germs. Breastmilk, however, comes straight from your breast. This means that your baby is much less likely to come into contact with germs.

Keep your baby strong and healthy - don't feed her anything else until she is six months old.

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