Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
01-December-2011 13:35 IST
Beasts Feeding Rates in Twelfth Plan
The Government has issued National Guidelines on Infant and Young Child Feeding and appropriate Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices are being emphasised. This is sought to be achieved through focus on this component / theme in programmes such as the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) primarily. The Minister of Women & Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath revealed this in Rajya Sabha recently in written reply to a question.

The Minister further stated that currently no separate targets are fixed nor are any funds separately earmarked for this purpose. IYCF including exclusive breastfeeding will receive focus in the 12th Five Year Plan. Under the proposed strengthened and restructured ICDS scheme, IYCF is identified as one of the services there and there is a proposal to promote it intensively through one to one counselling on optimal breast feeding practices and complementary feeding, regular home visits and Village Health and Nutrition Days (VHNDs), advocacy and Information, education and communication on this subject. IYCF will be one of the outcome indicators to be monitored. Funds are proposed to be provided for this purpose to the States/UTs.