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Interim Operational Considerations for the Feeding Support of Infants and Young Children under 2 years of Age in Refugee and Migrant Transit Settings in Europe

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ENN, Emergency Nutrition Network,Save the Children,UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund

The note outlines benefits, risks, options, and resources for supporting appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit situations in Europe. This interim note draws from key policy guidance (including UNCHR, 2015) and provides direction where guidance is limited for this context. It outlines the minimum level of assessment and support that is needed. Key considerations in this guidance include prevalent but often suboptimal breastfeeding practices, prevalent use of infant formula in this context, low contact and follow up opportunities with carers and children, likely lack of skilled IYCF workers, and often limited water, hygiene and sanitation facilities.

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