Reflections: barriers to optimal breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices in Indonesia

Rika Kumala Dewi
Children & Youth, Health
Indonesia
Externally Published Content, September, 2016, Final
Source: NTS-Asia Newsletter 39th Edition, September 2016

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Abstract

Breast milk is free of cost. Breast milk, combined with appropriate complementary feeding for infants above 6 months old, provides ample benefits for children’s future health status, as well as their productive and educational achievements. However, about 58% of infants aged 0–6 months are not exclusively breastfed, and 63% of children aged 6–23 months are not fed appropriately according to WHO’s infant young child feeding (IYCF) recommendations (IDHS, 2012). By analyzing the opinion of stakeholders who closely engage with IYCF issues at both policy and community levels, the study attempts to map out the structure of the problems that create barriers to optimal IYCF.