Experts generally agree that breast milk is the best nutrition for a newborn baby. Breast milk is specially designed to meet the nutritional needs of newborns and provides all the necessary nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals, in the right proportions for a baby’s growth and development. It also contains antibodies and other immune-boosting substances that can help protect the baby from infections and illnesses.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, and then to continue breastfeeding while introducing appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age or beyond.
In cases where breastfeeding is not possible, formula milk is recommended as the next best alternative. Formula milk is designed to mimic the composition of breast milk as closely as possible and provides the necessary nutrients for a baby’s growth and development.
It’s important to note that the best nutrition for a baby will depend on individual circumstances, so it’s always recommended to consult with a pediatrician, lactation consultant, or a registered dietitian for personalized advice and guidance on nutrition for a newborn baby.