Policy - Policy Guidelines on Infant and Young Child Feeding

Published by:
Ministry of Health
Published year:
January 2009
Is the policy document adopted?:
No / No information
Type of policy:
Nutrition policy, strategy or plan focusing on specific nutrition areas


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 



To provide the framework for ensuring the survival of, and enhancing the nutrition, health, growth and development of infants and young children, as well as strengthening the care and support services to their parents and caretakers to help them achieve optimal IYCF.



1. Promote, protect, and support exclusive breastfeeding for the first months of life, with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years and beyond.

2. Ensure nutritionally adequate and safe complementary feeding from 6 months of life while breastfeeding continues.

3. Support PMTCT services while promoting optimal IYCF in HIV-exposed children.

4. Strengthen the care, support, and follow-up services for pregnant women, mothers and caretakers in order to practice optimal IYCF.

5. Enhance optimal IYCF in other exceptionally difficult circumstances.

6. Advocate for appropriate interventions that promote and support the practice of optimal IYCF for all women, including employed mothers.

7. Contribute to the prevention and reduction of childhood and maternal malnutrition, illness and death.

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