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Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF)

/Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF) 2018-02-28T16:16:51+00:00

USAID’s INCA aims to address high level of stunting and under nutrition among 1000 day’s household.  Improving Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) at community level is a key priority to improve survival, growth, and development of children. IYCF practices remain far from optimal in the USAID’s INCA project supported area. Community-based IYCF counseling and support will play an important role in improving these practices: it can ensure access to these services in targeted 1000 day’s household with limited access to health care, and therefore become an important strategy for programming. USAID’s INCA uses a cadre of trained Community Nutrition Promoter (CNP) to provide mothers with information on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices. This included explaining the importance of:

The early initiation of breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months

Complimentary feeding from 6 months onwards and

Continuation of breastfeeding up to 2 years

USAID’s INCA has adopted and developed a set of SBCC materials for programming and capacity development on community based IYCF counseling. Aimed for use in diverse country contexts, the SBCC materials guide local adaptation, design, planning and implementation of community based IYCF counselling and support services at scale. It also contains training tools to equip Community Nutrition Promoter (CNP), using an interactive and experiential adult learning approach, with relevant knowledge and skills on the recommended breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices for children from 0 up to 24 months, enhance their counselling, problem solving, negotiation and communication skills, and prepare them to effectively use the related counselling tools and job aids.

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