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Nutrition Wins : How Nutrition Makes Progress in India ?

Publisher: IFPRI

Indian children have the same growth and development potential as all children worldwide. Evidence shows that a set of proven interventions from conception to age two years – the 1,000 day window of opportunity – can offer Indian children the best start in life. Therefore, advocacy, policy and programme action need to ensure that: • Children are breastfed within the first hour of life and are fed only breastmilk in the first six months of life to grow healthy and strong; • Children are fed the right foods – in quantity and quality – and mother’s milk after six months of age with good feeding and hygiene practices to ensure optimal growth and development; • Children are given iron and vitamin A supplements and deworming which, with full immunization, will protect them from diseases and anaemia; • Children are given nutritious life-saving foods and care when they are sick or severely undernourished for survival and lasting recovery; and • Women benefit from good foods and care, including during adolescence, pregnancy and lactation, to secure their nutrition today and the nutrition of their children tomorrow.

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