and support to women in communities is essential
for succeeding in optimal breastfeeding
practice. The activities in this include
individual or group counselling, home visits
or other locally relevant activities that
ensure access of infant and young child
feeding counselling services to all women.
Existing services and community support
sub systems need to be looked at, and provision
for counselling on infant and young child
feeding services built into them. Women
who deliver in hospital also need continued
support in the community, or they may not
be able to maintain exclusive breastfeeding.
In fact, community support should be available
for all members of the family including
the father and the grandmother of the baby,
who exert important influence on infant
feeding behaviour in the region.
11 in WBTi , an innovative initiative
of the International Baby Food Action Network
(IBFAN) Asia for tracking assessing and monitoring
the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child
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