Improving young diets: new report on weaning

UNICEF has released a new report on improving young children’s diets during the complementary feeding period. The complementary feeding period, also known as weaning, is when a child is introduced to solid food gradually alongside breastfeeding/bottle feeding. It typically takes place between 6 and 23 months of age.

This is one of the most challenging times to meet children’s nutrient demands and leaves them vulnerable to faltering growth. This report goes beyond feeding practices to discuss interventions and approaches for improving the availability, accessibility, affordability and consumption of nutritious and safe complementary foods. This includes an Action Framework that facilitates the design of context-specific intervention programmes to achieve a desired impact.

Guidance on complementary feeding, or weaning, for parents/caregivers is provided by the HSE (Republic of Ireland) and the HSC Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland)

Posted: 21/02/2020 13:05:38 by Caitriona Breaw
Filed under: Breastfeeding, Complementary feeding, UNICEF, Weaning


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