Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Guidelines on optimal feeding of low birth-weight infants in low- and middle-income countries

World Health Organization

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Publication details

Number of pages: 60
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 154836 6



The Department of Child and Adolescent Health has developed guidelines on optimal feeding of low birth weight infants in low- and middle-income countries. These guidelines include recommendations on what to feed low-birth weight infants, when to start feeding, how to feed, how often and how much to feed.

The guidelines were developed using the process described in the WHO Handbook for Development of Guidelines. Systematic reviews were conducted to answer 18 priority questions identified by the guidelines development group. The population of interest is low-birth weight infants, and the critical outcomes include mortality, severe morbidity, growth and development. The implementation of these guidelines in low- and middle-income countries is expected to improve care and survival of low birth weight infants.