11.1  Feeding recommendations

When you are helping a mother with her infant’s feeding problems you should make sure that you give the appropriate advice for her child’s age and situation.

During illness, children may not want to eat much. However, they should be offered the types of food recommended for their age, as often as recommended, even though they may not take much at each meal. After illness, good feeding helps make up for weight loss, prevent malnutrition, and prevent future illness.

Your follow-up visits to a sick child are a good opportunity to counsel the mother on how to feed the child both during illness and when the child is well.

Learning Outcomes for Study Session 11

11.2  Recommendations for infants up to six months old