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    Feeding the non-breastfed child 6-24 months of age, Geneva, 8-10 March 2004. Meeting report.

    World Health Organization [WHO]. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development; World Health Organization [WHO]. Department of Nutrition for Health and Development

    Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, 2004. [28] p. (WHO/FCH/CAH/04.13)

    According to current UN recommendations, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, and thereafter should receive appropriate complementary feeding with continued breastfeeding up to two years or beyond. However, there are a number of infants who will not enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding in the early months of life or for whom breastfeeding will not occur or will stop before the recommended duration of two years or beyond. A group that calls for particular attention is the infants of mothers who are known to be HIV positive. To reduce the risk of transmission, it is recommended that, when acceptable, feasible, affordable, sustainable and safe, these mothers give replacement feeding from birth. Otherwise, they should breastfeed exclusively and stop as soon as alternative feeding options become feasible. Another group includes those infants whose mothers have died, or who for some reason do not breastfeed. Recommendations for appropriate feeding of breastfed infants from six months onwards have been summarized by PAHO in the publication Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Child. Some of these guiding principles are not applicable to non breast fed children, others need adaptation. WHO convened this informal meeting to identify an analogous set of guiding principles for feeding of non-breastfed children after six months of age. For infants less than six months, guidelines for decision makers and a guide for health care manager are already available. (excerpt)
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