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Policy guidelines on infant and young child feeding, January, 2009

Posted by sammy on February 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

All mothers should be counselled and supported

to initiate breastfeeding within an hour of

delivery and to exclusively breastfeed their

infants for the first six months of life unless

medically contra-indicated.


Parents should be counselled and support to

introduce adequate, safe and appropriately fed

complimentary foods at six months of age and

continue breast feeding for two years.


Pregnant women and lactating mother should

be appropriately cared for and encouraged to

consume adequate nutritious foods.


Health service providers should establish HIV

status of all pregnant women and lactating



All pregnant women and lactating mother

should encourage to confidentially share there

HIV status with service providers and key

family members in order to get appropriate

IYCF services.


Exclusive breastfeeding should be

recommended for infants of HIV infected

women for the first six months irrespective of

the infants HIV status, unless replacement is

acceptable, feasible, affordable, sustainable and

safe (AFASS).


Infants borne to mothers with HIV should be

tested for HIV infection from six weeks of age,

appropriate feeding, counselling given to the

mother based on her personal situation.

UCG 2010





 8. Nutrition


Malnourished children should be provided with

appropriate medical care, nutritional

rehabilitation and follow-up.


Mother of infants who are borne with Low Birth

Weight but can suckle should be encouraged to

breastfeed and those who cannot, be assisted

to express breast milk and feed the baby.

10. Mothers care

taker and families should be

counselled and supported to practice optimal

IYCF in emergencies and other exceptionally

difficult/special circumstances.

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