Provide nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods to meet the
infant’s evolving nutritional requirements after 6 months of age.
Guiding Principle for Appropriate Complementary Feeding
- Continue frequent, on demand breastfeeding until 2 years old and beyond.
- Practice responsive feeding (e.g., feed infants directly and assist older children).
- Feed slowly and patiently, encourage them to eat but do not force them; talk to the child and maintain eye contact.
- Practice good hygience and proper food handling.
- Start at 6 months with small amounts of foods and increase gradually as the child gets older.
- Gradually increase food consistency and variety.
- Increase the number of times that the child is fed, 2-3 meals per day for infants 6-8 months of age, and 3-4 meals per day for infants 9-23 months of age, with 1-2 additional snacks as required.
- Feed a variety of nutrient-rich foods.
- Use fortified complementary foods or vitamin-mineral supplements, as needed.
- Increase fluid intake during illness, including more breastfeeding, and offer soft, favorite foods.