Feeding the non-breastfed child 6-24 months of age

Meeting report, Geneva, Switzerland, 8-10 March 2004

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 26
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/04.13



According to current UN recommendations, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, and thereafter should received appropriate complementary feeding with continued breastfeeding up to two years or beyond. However, there are number of infants who will not enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding in the early months of life or for whom breastfeeding will not occur or will stop before the recommended duration of two years or beyond.

Recommendations for appropriate feeding of breastfed infants from 6 months onwards have been summarized by PAHO in the publication Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Child. Some of these guiding principles are not applicable to non breastfed children, others need adaptation. WHO convened this informal meeting to identify an analogous set of guiding principles for feeding of non-breastfed children after 6 months of age.