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International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences

Concept of Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in Ayurveda

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Year:
2022
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
IYCF, Complementary Feeding, Phalaprashan, Annaprashan, Lehan
Authors:
  • Shelke, Vilas Mukunda
  • Gupta, Shilpy
  • Kumar, Vijendra
Journal:
IJIRES
Volume:
9
Number:
2
Pages:
62-65
Month:
March
ISSN:
2349-5219
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Abstract:
Infant and Young Child feeding (IYCF) practices emphasizes on exclusive breast feeding for first six months of life and introduction of solid food from six months onwards as complementary food along with breastfeeding up to two years of age. First two years are crucial period for an individual life as it is a period of rapid physical and mental growth and development. Phalaprashan and Annaprashan are unique concept mentioned in detail in Ayurveda texts. Both of these are celebrated as ceremony named as Sanskar. It is an introduction of fruit juices at an age of six months followed by semisolid food in a very small quantity and further offering food to the infant on demand in a quantity sufficient for proper growth and development; and according to Agnibala (digestive capacity) of the child. Similarly Lehan is mentioned with specific indication and contraindication. It is a multi-dimensional approach for over all physical, mental and social well being of child. Along with promotion of growth and development, it protects the child from being exposed to nutritional deficiency, complements breast feeding and functions as supplementary food. Practicing Annaprashan, Phalaprashan and Lehan along with guidelines mentioned under IYCF, the target goal of achieving best feeding practices for young and child can be achieved.

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