Infant Feeding Guidelines for the Asia Pacific Region

Binns, Colin and Lee, Mi Kyung and Kagawa, Masaharu and Low, Wah Yun and Scott, Jane and Lee, Andy and Zerfas, Alfred and Maycock, Bruce and Qiu, Liqian and Yusuff, Aza and Raheem, Raheema Abdul and Hamid, Syarhul and Hokama, Tomiko and Hairi, Noran Naqiah and Lin, Jessica Li-Yin and Bulgiba, Awang and Khoo, Ee Ming and Shakya, Prakash and Dahlui, Maznah and Karunathilake, Indika (2018) Infant Feeding Guidelines for the Asia Pacific Region. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 30 (8). pp. 682-690. ISSN 1010-5395, DOI

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Good nutrition for infants, during the first 1000 days from conception, is one of the most important determinants of a healthy long life. Breastfeeding is the most important component of infant nutrition and reduces morbidity and mortality. With the changes to the climate currently occurring, issues of nutrition and food supply are only going to increase in importance. The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, place nutrition at the forefront of world development and a sustainable planet. The vision of Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) is to “achieve the highest possible level of health of all the people of the nations of the Asia-Pacific region.” Much of the burden of disease, early deaths, and disability in the Asia Pacific region could be reduced with public health efforts to address the major risk factors, including nutrition-related causes and smoking. The United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025 has recently been launched with the aim of reducing the global burden of inappropriate nutrition. The goals include increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding to 6 months, reducing wasting and stunting, and reducing the rates of low birthweight. This is the position endorsed in these guidelines along with the principles of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. These guidelines expand the information on infants that was included in the 2016 APACPH Dietary Guidelines. APACPH covers many different environments, geographical areas, cultures, and socioeconomic groups. These guidelines are generally applicable to all infants in our region, specific local advice may sometimes be needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: infant feeding; breastfeeding; dietary guidelines; nutrition; Asia Pacific; public health; health promotion
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2019 05:40
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2019 05:40

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