About the book
Feeding during the first two years of life is very important for the nutrition and growth of an infant, and it is ranked among the most effective interventions to improve the child's health as stated by World Health Organization. It has a great effect on early morbidity and mortality, and the long-term effect on health and future of individual and public as well. Breastfeeding, formula feeding, and complimentary food introduction constitute the main parts of feeding during infancy. Breastfeeding, especially exclusive for the first six months, has many benefits for the infant, mother, and public in general. Formula feeding, on the other hand, although it is associated with great disadvantages and problems, can be life-saving for infants who need it. Proper introduction of complementary food at the proper time is important to meet the growth requirement and preventing common nutritional problems. This book intends to provide the readers with a comprehensive overview of infant feeding during the first two years of life, and its associated problem. It focuses on breastfeeding, formula feeding, and complimentary food introductions. Implementation guidelines, advantages, and disadvantages, medical contraindications and problems associated with breastfeeding and formula feeding, will be reviewed in this book. Also, major nutritional problems in the first two years of life, (like failure to thrive, marasmus, kwashiorkor, overweight, and obesity), will be included in the scope of this book.