Breast feeding is the foundation of good nutrition in infancy.

Exclusive breast feeding provides adequate nutrition for the first four to six months of life and is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for this period. In the normal full-term baby, there is no need for supplements of water, formula or vitamins for the first six months of life.

Breast milk production begins when the baby begins to suck after birth but full production does not come on stream until the 3rd or 4th day after birth.