Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding



1.Practice exclusive breastfeeding from birth to 6 month of age and introduce complementary foods at 6 months of age while continuing to breastfeed.

2.Breastfeeding should continue with complementary feeding up to 2 years of age or beyond,and it should be on demand ,as often as the child wants .

3.Optimal complementary feeding depends not only on what is fed but also on how,when,where and by whom a child is fed.

4.Practice good hygiene and proper food handling .

5.Gradually increase food consistency and variety as the infant grows older .

6.Increase the number of times that the child is fed complementary foods as the child gets older feed a variety of nutrient-rich food to ensure that all nutrient needs are met.

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