Infant Feeding Guidelines

Infant Feeding Guidelines
Breastfeeding is protected, promoted, supported and valued by the society in most parts of the world. Breastfeeding is the backbone of early nutrition and provides major public health benefits. The nutrition and growth of infants has an important effect on early morbidity and mortality and there is increasing evidence of medium and long-term effects on health and longevity.

All health workers should promote breastfeeding in the community and ensure that best practice is followed.  This will include providing families with all of the information and support they need for breastfeeding or when mothers choose to use infant formula.

The Infant Feeding Guidelines is aimed at health workers to assist them provide consistent advice to the general public about breastfeeding and infant feeding. It supports optimum infant nutrition, providing a review of the evidence and clear evidence-based recommendations on infant feeding.

The Infant Feeding Guidelines are relevant to healthy, term infants of normal birth weight (>2500 g). Although many of the principles of infant feeding described in this blog can be applied to low birth weight infants, specific medical advice is recommended for pre-term and underweight infants.
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