Adequate nutrition during infancy and early childhood is fundamental to the development of each child’s full human potential.
it is well recognized that the period from birth to two years of age, is a critical window for the promotion optimal growth, health and behavioral development of the child. After a child reached 2 years, it is difficult to reverse stunting that has occurred earlier. Martorell et al., 1994
Complementary feeding is define as the process starting when breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet the nutritional requirements of infants which therefore; other foods and liquids are needed along with breast milk. Feat Africa target age for complementary feeding is generally from 6 to 24 months of age even though breast feeding could continue beyond 2 years of age.
A review of feeding guidelines promoted by various national and international organizations has shown that there are inconsistency in in the specific recommendation for feeding infand and yound children, in press. More Complementary feeding guidelines descriptions.