COMPLEMENTARY FEEDING

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

 

  1. Continue frequent, on demand breastfeeding until 2 years old and beyond.

 

  1. Practice responsive feeding (e.g., feed infants directly and assist older children).

 

  1. Feed slowly and patiently, encourage them to eat but do not force them; talk to the child and maintain eye contact.

 

  1. Practice good hygience and proper food handling.

 

  1. Start at 6 months with small amounts of foods and increase gradually as the child gets older.

 

  1. Gradually increase food consistency and variety.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Feed a variety of nutrient-rich foods.

 

  1. Use fortified complementary foods or vitamin-mineral supplements, as needed.

 

  1. Increase fluid intake during illness, including more breastfeeding, and offer soft, favorite foods.