Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Child.Pan American Health Organization and WHO (2003)

Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Child.Pan American Health Organization and WHO (2003) 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 of optimal growth, health and behavioral develop- ment. Longitudinal studies have consistently shown that this is the peak age for growth falter- ing, deficiencies of certain micronutrients, and common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea. After a child reaches 2 years of age, it is very difficult to reverse stunting that has occurred earli- er (Martorell et al., 1994).

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