Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Indicators for assessing infant and young child feeding practices

Part I: definition

World Health Organization

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Number of pages: 26
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English, French, Spanish
ISBN: 9789241596664



This document presents new and updated indicators to assess infant and young child feeding practices at household level.

It is a follow-up to the 1991 document 'Indicators for assessing breastfeeding practices'. New indicators for assessing feeding practices in children 6-23 months have been included.

Indicators can be assessed through large-scale population-based surveys, including the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and the Multiple Cluster Indicator Survey (MICS).

This document is Part I of a series. An operational guide on measurement issues (Part II) and profiles with indicator values for 46 countries (Part III) are available as companions to this document.

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