Nutritional Problems during the Weaning Period
The period in a child’s life when he shifts progressively from exclusive breastfeeding to a mixed type of food, ultimately to the adult type, is a crucial one. This transitional period — the weaning period, has been recognized as being potentially dangerous in several cultures. The process of weaning is perhaps of minor importance in populations and communities with good nutrition and good standards of infant feeding, but is of major concern in communities where incomes are low, knowledge about weaning practices is not always correct and where environmental sanitation and standards of personal hygiene are far from satisfactory. Depending upon the culture, this crucial period lies between the 4th and 24th months of life.
KeywordsBreast Milk Human Milk Exclusive Breastfeed Infant Feeding Diarrheal Disease
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