• Premium times 2018, reveals that Nigeria is the 2nd largest contributor to under 5 and maternal mortality rate in the world
  • Every single day, 2300 under 5-year-old die and 145 women of child bearing age die. Do you know that if these group of people are not malnourished, the death can be prevented!
  • IYCF connotes the type of nutrition and food recommended for infants and young child below 5 years that will make them healthy.
  • This concept also covers the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
  • Concept of Infant and Young Child Feeding Practice promotes early Initiation of breastfeeding (within 30 minutes of delivery)
  • Promotes Exclusive Breastfeeding for the first six months of life. No other liquids or solids are given- not even-Water
  • Promotes optimal complementary feeding with continued breastfeeding until two years and beyond
  • Promote micronutrient supplementation (Vitamin A and Micro-nutrient Powder) for children Under-5 and
  • Strengthen Growth Monitoring and Promotion

10 key messages of IYCF to mothers

  • Attend Ante-natal clinic (ANC)
  • Know your HIV status
  • Eat one extra meal everyday if pregnant; two extra meal everyday if breastfeeding.
  • Deworming tablets is advocated but see your health profession before starting
  • Iron folate supplements during pregnancy
  • Avoid drinking coffee or tea or sugary drinks. Take adequate water 6-8 sachets of water daily.
  • Sleep under insecticide treated bed nets
  • Eat best locally available foods including fresh fruits
  • Take vitamin A supplements after delivery
  • Use iodized salt in cooking

The IYCF shall be discussed in later articles as

  • Exclusive Breast Feeding (EBF)
  • Complementary feeding at 6 months
  • Complementary feeding at 6 – 9 months
  • Complementary feeding from 9 up to 12 months
  • Complementary feeding from 12 up to 24 months

Watch out for the upcoming articles


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