Norway honours and fully supports the important work that WHO is doing on infant and young child nutrition and the draft comprehensive implementation plan contained in document EB130/10 and EB 130/11. The plan should be given priority, and accordingly the necessary human and financial resources.
Appropriate feeding during the first years of life has profound influence on survival and health in childhood as well as health later in life. Breastfeeding has the single largest impact on child survival of all preventive interventions and is the most effective measure to improve infant health. Interventions that support breastfeeding should be thus be given priority.
We suggest that implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is more strongly emphasized in the implementation plan, and also that the BFHI is expanded to neonatal wards (sick and premature babies) and the primary health services.
We support the emphasis on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.
We suggest that references to the WHO Child Growth Standards are included.
In countries at northern latitudes it is relevant also to include vitamin D supplementation for pregnant women, infants and young children (table 1a).