Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
Your baby is now 6 months old. He is now about 11 inches long and weighs about 660 grams. His heartbeat can now be heard if someone places their ears close to your belly! His spine gradually develops and his body is now proportionate making him leaner-looking. His senses are now developed. He can hear your heartbeat, and react to sounds beyond the womb. He can now differentiate between sweet and bitter tastes. He can even respond to your touches by contracting his muscles, turning his head and clenching his fists.