ISBN: 978 92 4 159749 4
Optimal infant and young child feeding practices rank among the most effective interventions to improve child health. In 2006 an estimated 9.5 million children died before their fifth birthday, and two thirds of these deaths occurred in the first year of life. Under-nutrition is associated with at least 35% of child deaths. It is also a major disabler preventing children who survive from reaching their full developmental potential. Around 32% of children less than 5 years of age in developing countries are stunted and 10% are wasted. It is estimated that sub-optimal breastfeeding, especially non-exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life, results in 1.4 million deaths and 10% of the disease burden in children younger than 5 years. To improve this situation, mothers and families need support to initiate and sustain appropriate infant and young child feeding practices. Read More
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