A World Fit For Children Goal: To protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continued breastfeeding with safe, appropriate and adequate feeding up to two years of age and beyond.
Less than 60 per cent of children 6–9 months old receive solid, semi-solid or soft foods while being breastfed. An important issue is that the quality of the food received is often inadequate and does not provide sufficient protein, fat or micronutrients for optimal growth and development.
Meeting the needs for the minimum required dietary quality is a challenge in much of the developing world, and this has often not been given enough emphasis. Apart from the quality of the food itself, children may not receive complementary foods at the right age (often either too early or too late), or may not be fed frequently enough during the day. New programming options are now available to meet the challenge.
Source: UNICEF global databases 2010, from MICS, DHS and other national surveys.