Health of the young child

Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large. Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be health of the young child within the first hour after birth. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

WHO produces these infogrpahics to raise awareness on breastfeeding for its encouragement. A: Up to what age can a baby stay well nourished by just being breastfed? 41 million were overweight or obese. 6 months old are exclusively breastfed. 23 months of age meet the criteria of dietary diversity and feeding frequency that are appropriate for their age. Breastfeeding improves IQ, school attendance, and is associated with higher income in adult life. Improving child development and reducing health costs through breastfeeding results in economic gains for individual families as well as at the national level.

Infant and young child feeding is a key area to improve child survival and promote healthy growth and development. Optimal breastfeeding is so critical that it could save the lives of over 820 000 children under the age of 5 years each year. 6 months together with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond. However, many infants and children do not receive optimal feeding.