Non-breastfed child from 6 up to 24 months

Generic C-IYCF Package (UNICEF | 2011)
Non-breastfed child from 6 up to 24 months

Key Messages

Note for community worker: Only use this card for non-breastfed children who are between 6 and 24 months.

  • A minimum of 2 cups of milk each day is recommended for all children under 2 years of age who are no longer breastfeeding.
  • This milk can be either commercial infant formula, that is prepared according to directions, or animal milk, which should always be boiled for children who are less than 12 months old. It can be given to the baby as a hot or cold beverage, or can be added to porridge or other foods.
  • All children need complementary foods from 6 months of age.
  • The non-breastfed child from 6 up to 9 months needs the same amount of food and snacks as the breastfed child of the same age plus 1 extra meal plus 2 cups of milk each day (1 cup = 250 ml).
  • The non-breastfed child from 9 up to 12 months needs the same amount of food and snacks as the breastfed child of the same age plus 2 extra meals plus 2 cups of milk each day.
  • The non-breastfed child from 12 up to 24 months needs the same amount of food & snacks as the breastfed child of the same age plus 2 extra meals plus 2 cups of milk each day.
  • After 6 months, also give 2 to 3 cups of water each day, in especially hot climates.