Feeding during Late Infancy and Early Childhood Impact on Health

Editor(s): O. Hernell, J. Schmitz NNI Workshop Series (NNIW) vol. 56 , 2004
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    Author(s): O. Hernell, J. Schmitz

    Three years ago, in May 2001, the World Health Assembly came to the conclusion that it was safe for the majority of infants to be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life, and extending the period of exclusive breastfeeding to that age would also be beneficial. This conclusion was translated into a recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, and while complementary feeding of high-quality should be introduced at that age, breastfeeding should preferentially be continued beyond the second year of life.

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