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2015 NNS - Infant and Young Child Feeding Survey Component

Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices have an indispensable impact on the nutritional status, growth and development, and health and survival of infants and young children. Poor feeding practices in the first two years of a child’s life could lead to malnutrition, severe illnesses and irreversible consequences of stunted growth and developmental delays. Data from this component, as well as comparisons with data from previous NNSs and Updating Surveys form the basis for policies, plans, and programs on infant and young child feeding. This is in line with the jointly developed guidelines of the WHO and UNICEF to achieve the child’s optimal growth and development by promoting appropriate infant and young child feeding practices, such as exclusive breastfeeding and provision of appropriate complementary food (WHO & UNICEF 2003).

This component updates information on the feeding practices, such as breastfeeding and complementary feeding, of Filipino children aged 0 to 23 months and related factors affecting feeding practices.