Infant and Young Child Feeding – Importance During COVID-19 Pandemic
Keywords:Breast Feeding, IYCF, Complementary Feeding, COVID-19.
According to the “Convention on the Rights of the Child,” every baby and child has the right to good
nutrition. Dietary practices especially during first thousand days of life from gestation to two years of
age have a permanent impact on life. Breast feeding up to first 6 months life exclusively followed by
complementary feeding in addition to breast milk is an important aspect in person’s physical and mental
development. Deficiency or excesses in person’s intake lead to malnutrition. The burden of malnutrition in
India being high, hence the importance of Breast feeding and IYCF is being highlighted in this perspective
during COVID-19 Pandemic.
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