National Nutrition week 1st-7th September 2017
Theme for National Nutrition Week 2017 is "Optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices: Better Child Health”
Some of the key facts
a. Early initiation of breastfeeding; immediately after birth, preferably within one hour.
b. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life i. e 180 days (no other foods or fluids, not even water; but allows infant to receive ORS, drops, syrups of vitamins, minerals and medicines when required)
c.Timely introduction of complementary foods (solid, semisolid or soft foods) after the age of six months i. e 180 days.
d. Continued breastfeeding for 2 years or beyond.
e. Age appropriate complementary feeding for children 6-23 months, while continuing breastfeeding. Children should receive food
from 4 or more food groups [(1) Grains, roots and tubers, legumes and nuts; (2) dairy products ; (3) flesh foods (meat fish, poultry);
(4) eggs, (5) vitamin A rich fruits and vegetables; (6) other fruits and vegetables] and fed for a minimum number of times (2 times
for breasted infants 6-8 months; 3 times for breastfed children 9-23 months; 4 times for non-breastfed children 6-23 months).
f. Active feeding for Children during and after illness.
In short healthy feeding practices in childhood sets stage for healthy adulthood. Healthy children learn better and adequately nourished individuals are more productive.