Optimal infant and young child feeding practices
rank among the most effective interventions to
improve child health. Suboptimal infant and young
child feeding leads to various forms of
undernutrition including underweight, stunting,
wasting
and
micronutrient
deficiencies.
Undernutrition is a major public health problem in
low- and middle-income countries contributing to
45% of deaths among children under 5 years of
age. Undernutrition puts children at greater risk of
dying from common infections, increases the
frequency and severity of such infections, and
delays recovery (1,2,3). It is also a major condition
that prevents surviving children from reaching
their full developmental potential.

Published: 2019-05-28