Issues in Complementary Feeding

Editor(s): C. Agostoni, O. Brunser NNI Workshop Series (NNIW) vol. 60 , 2007
  • Preface

    Author(s): C. Agostoni, O. Brunser

    Issues in complementary feeding are among the preferred topics of the Nestlé Nutrition Workshops for many reasons: (1) The dietary requirements of infants in the weaning period and the effects of the different dietary schedules later in life are still poorly explored on a scientific basis, and are mostly the result of family tradition, country socioeconomic background, and common beliefs. (2) In developing and, to some extent, in transition countries, malnutrition and undernutrition start immediately after the first 6 months of life, that is after the period of exclusive breastfeeding. Therefore, plans to improve the nutritional quality of available solid foods to be introduced, as well as to educate mothers and families to better accustom their children to complementary feeding, have become an issue of considerable importance in public health interventions.

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