What Is The 2 Year Exclusive ASI Program?
my child is now 14 months old, I want to give 2 years exclusive breastfeeding. But I am still confused, what is meant by exclusive 2-year Asi? Is the baby really not given extra milk until the age of 2 years, or continue to consume breast milk, but may be accompanied by age-appropriate uht milk? Previously thank you. Please answer because say search on several sites and have not found the answer
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Basically, the World Health Organization (WHO - World Health Organization) recommends that ASI be given to children aged 2 years or more. Nevertheless, breastfeeding over the age of 6 months is no longer referred to as exclusive breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding is a term used to indicate only breastfeeding without drinks or other food additives in the first 6 months of a child's life. After the child is 6 months old, the child must be provided with complementary feeding (MPASI), to meet the nutritional needs of the child that cannot be fulfilled only from breast milk. Therefore, after 6 months have passed, breastfeeding is no longer referred to as exclusive breastfeeding.
Children aged 1 year and above actually have been given cow's milk (such as UHT milk, pasteurized milk, or sterile milk). However, according to WHO recommendations above, breastfeeding is recommended. If the child still wants to suckle for more than 2 years, breast milk can still be given. The composition in ASI is always changing according to the needs of children, therefore breastfeeding for children over 1 year and even up to 2 years can still provide benefits and meet some of the nutritional needs of children (of course, must still be accompanied by eating high nutritious foods). One thing that breast milk does not have in cow's milk or other types of milk is immunoglobulin. Immunoglobulin has an important role in maintaining the immune system of children, so that children who are given breast milk are generally less sick and recover faster when sick.
At the age of 14 months, you are still recommended to give milk to your child (in addition to providing healthy food and other high nutritional foods). If you want to give UHT milk to children, you may do it, but do not let breastfeeding and UHT milk make children become too full and do not want to eat other family food.
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