Celebrating National Nutrition Week with Patrika and Nourishing Schools Foundation- Day 3

12 September 2021

The topic for the third day of the National Nutrition Week campaign held by Patrika Group and Nourishing Schools Foundation was ‘Infant nutrition, newborn health and breastfeeding’. Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) refers to a set of well-known and recommended appropriate feeding practices for newborns and children up to two years of age. These practices have various benefits. Early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth protects the newborn from acquiring infections and reduces newborn mortality.

Diet of children younger than two years

Steps to promote feeding in children

Breastfeeding also has a positive impact on cognitive development. Complementary Feeding promotes optimal growth, prevents stunting, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight, and the prevalence of anaemia.

The optimal IYCF Practices are:

  • Initial Breastfeeding: Early initiation of breastfeeding; immediately after birth, preferably within one hour.
  • Exclusive Breastfeeding: Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life
  • Complementary Feeding: Timely introduction of complementary food (maintaining adequate diet and dietary diversity) beyond six months, along with continued breastfeeding.