|Dr Tee and Naeem Shahab Khan, CEO of Philips Malaysia during the official launch of Mother’s Smart Choice programme Phase 2 and the ‘Complementary feeding with Confidence’ booklet.
Appropriate feeding practices are essential for growth, nutrition, development and survival of infants and young children. When breast milk is no longer enough to meet the nutritional needs of an infant, complementary food should be added to their diet.
The transition from termination of exclusive breastfeeding (phase 1) to complementary feeding (phase 2), typically covers the period from six to 12 months of age. Superior nutrition is essential for the baby to achieve optimal health.
Speaking at the launch of the Mother’s Smart Choice Campaign Phase 2, Dr Tee E. Siong, chairman of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, said, “Complementary feeding describes the offering of solid food alongside breast milk to infants from six months. It is important because breast milk alone cannot provide all the nutrients and energy needed by the infant at this age. Mothers should offer their infant appropriate complementary food so that the infant will continue to receive the nutrients and energy needed to grow and thrive.”
Mother's Smart Choice, launched last year, is the joint effort of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, the Malaysian Paediatric Association, the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia and also the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN). Mother’s Smart Choice is also supported by Philips Avent Malaysia.
Dr Tee explained that complementary feeding should be timely - all infants should start receiving foods in addition to breast milk from six months onwards. It should be adequate – where foods should be given in amounts, frequency, consistency and using a variety of foods to cover the needs of a growing child whilst maintaining breastfeeding.
Similar to the first phase of the Mother’s Smart Choice campaign, a free guide book on Complementary Feeding Confidence will be distributed to several hospitals within the Klang Valley. It includes recipe ideas from renowned chef Marina Mustafa as well as information to help parents in the next phase of feeding to ensure their child’s maximum healthy growth.