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Introduction of IYCF

The e-Learning courses provide an enabling platform to professionals, who wish to upgrade their knowledge without having to go or join any regular course. The Module on Infant and Young Child Feeding has been made available in the e-Learning platform with such intention. ICDS functionaries, Instructors of MLTCs/AWTCs, Professionals working in the area of Health and Nutrition, Paramedics like nurses, Dieticians, students of Home Science colleges, Medical professionals, Trainers of training Institutes, and those who wish to upgrade their knowledge and want to keep themselves abreast with latest research and studies relating to maternal and child development areas may enrol for the course

A malnourished child becomes highly prone to infections as the immunity of the child is weak. The morbidity due to common childhood illnesses like diarrhoea, respiratory infections, and measles, etc., is also high leading to a negative effect on the overall development of the child. Repeated infections also affect the psychological and intellectual development of the child. Further, malnutrition is also linked to brain development where research evidence is indicative of low Intellectual Quotient among undernourished children as compared to non-malnourished children. There are also several other consequences that undernourished children have to face in adult life in terms of body size, work performance, and risk of some chronic diseases.

In order to prevent under nutrition and related morbidities, it is essential that right from conception itself care should be taken so that babies with healthy weight are born. Right from the time of birth if mother/caregivers follow optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices, it would definitely lead to healthy survival and better development of the child. These set of essential interventions include early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for six months, introduction of age-appropriate complementary feeding and continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond.  Mothers and caregivers often do not follow the recommended set of IYCF practices primarily due to lack of knowledge, strong cultural and religious beliefs, and also due to strong gender preferences. Regular growth monitoring helps in early detection of any growth faltering in the child. In order to create awareness among Mothers/ care givers, it is essential that grass root functionaries impart correct knowledge to them. It is for this purpose that this module, covering important aspects of Infant and Young Child Feeding, has been designed.

The e-Learning Course on Infant & Young Child Feeding (IYCF) has been developed with the following objectives:

  • to impart technical knowledge on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices;
  • to upgrade knowledge on IYCF counselling skills for promotion of breastfeeding and age-appropriate complementary feeding; and
  • to deepen the understanding related to problem-solving and counselling skills towards correct feeding practices

The IYCF course would benefit all stakeholders including ICDS functionaries, Instructors of MLTCs/AWTCs, Home Science students, Dieticians and NGO functionaries working in the field of Nutrition.  This is a course that will assist the functionaries to gain better insight into infant feeding. The module on Infant and Young Child Feeding has been developed keeping in mind the recent guidelines and is customized to Indian context targeting the ICDS & Health functionaries’ knowledge base. The module has fourteen chapters which focus on the following areas: early initiation of Breastfeeding, production and intake of breastmilk, correct positioning for breastfeeding, and solutions of common problems related to breastfeeding. The courseware also focuses on complementary feeding, growth monitoring, and feeding under special circumstances, like during epidemic, natural disasters, or when suffering from HIV/AIDS. Case studies have also been added to enhance the knowledge base and impart different counselling skills.

OVERALL GUIDANCE

Shri. M A Imam

Director, NIPCCD

Dr. P Krishnamoorthy

Additional Director, NIPCCD

Smt. Vandana Thapar

Joint Director, NIPCCD

PROJECT INCHARGE

Smt. Vandana Sharma

Assistant Director, NIPCCD

PROJECT ASSISTANT

Ms. Sunaina Thakur

Ms. Astha Chandra

EDITING

Smt. Hemambika Varma

Editor, NIPCCD

IT Cell Assistance

Smt. Poonam Goyal

IT Consultant, NIPCCD

EXPERT MEMBERS

Dr. J P Dadhich

National Coordinator

Breast feeding Promotion Network of India

BP-33 Pitampura, Delhi

Dr. Sangeeta Rani

Senior CMO (SAG)

Department of Pediatrics

Guru Gobind Singh Hospital

New Delhi

Dr. Anita Gupta

NFSG, Dept. of Community Medicine

Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Dilshad Garden,

New Delhi

Smt. Shanta Gopalakrishnan (Retd.)

Assistant Director, NIPCCD

Smt. Satbeer Chabbra

Assistant Director, NIPCCD

Dr. S S Senapati

Assistant Director, NIPCCD

Ms. Meenu Kapur

Research Assistant, NIPCCD

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