According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO), appropriate complementary feeding should start at six months of age using small amounts of food with increasing quantity as the child gets older, while maintaining frequent breast feeding until at least 24 months of age.
Ensuring optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices has been identified as one of the most effective public health interventions to improve child survival in developing countries. However, there are no standard dietary recommendations to use for appropriate IYCF practices in Ethiopia.
The general objective of the study is to optimize complementary feeding practices of young children in three age groups (6-8m, 9-11m and 12-23m) in four regions of Ethiopia; namely Amhara, Tigray, Oromiya, and South Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR). The specific objectives are to develop and evaluate optimized food-based complementary feeding recommendations (CFR); to evaluate the impact of a package of interventions including optimized food based CFR, distribution of locally produced complementary foods and Micronutrient Powders (MNPs) supplementation on growth and micronutrient status of infants and young children and assess the safety of iron supplementation in MNPs.