Limited knowledge of key infant and young child feeding practices among caregivers remains a challenge in the country. This coupled with the lack of skills to prepare nutritious foods and the cost of certain foods, leads to poor diversity in the diets of infants and children. Additionally, the widely held perception that infants can easily swallow and digest only porridges made from starches and grains is resulting in the low intake of iron-rich foods.
17 percent of children in Ghana are stunted
The rate of exclusive breastfeeding (giving children only breast milk in the first six months of life) has however stagnated over the last decade at 52 percent, although over 95 percent of women breastfeed their babies in the country. Additionally, only 13 percent of children between 6-23 months receive the appropriate minimum diet diversity.