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Using other kinds of milk
Breastfeeding a baby is best. But if it is not possible for you to breastfeed, formula
(artificial milk) may be a safe alternative to breast milk.
If you cannot afford formula, perhaps a relative or friend who does not have
HIV/AIDS can breastfeed your child, or you can give the baby animal milks.
To feed a baby with animal milk
For cow, goat, or camel milk,
mix 100 ml fresh milk with 50 ml
clean water and 10 g (2 tsp) sugar.
For sheep or buffalo milk,
mix 50 ml fresh milk with 50 ml
clean water and 5 g (1 tsp) sugar.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then remove it from the heat. Let it cool
and then feed immediately.
Animal milks do not have all the vitamins a growing baby needs—so
the baby should be given a wide variety of mashed vegetables, fruits, and
other foods starting at about 6 months of age.
Feeding a baby with a cup or bottle
If you cannot breastfeed, you can use a cup or bottle to feed a baby breast milk,
animal milk, or a baby formula. If you cannot hold the cup, ask someone to help
you while you support the baby.
Feeding a baby with a cup
1. Use a small, very clean cup. If boiling is not possible,
wash the cup with soap and clean water.
2. The baby should be upright or almost upright on
3. Hold the cup of milk to the baby’s mouth. Tip the
cup so the milk just reaches the baby’s lips. Rest the
cup lightly on the baby’s lower lip. Let the edges touch
the baby’s upper lip.
4. Do not pour milk into the baby’s mouth. Let the baby
take milk into its mouth from the cup.
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007