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A Third Of Indonesian Children Still Suffer From Stunting

A third of Indonesian children still suffer from stunting
Breastfeeding may help prevent stunting in children
Nine million or more than a third of Indonesian children suffer from stunting, a condition where their height is lower than the standard for their age, according to an official development aid groups.

Associate director for community-based Health and Nutrition to Reduce Stunting Project (CHNP) in the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Indonesia said that stunting is the most common form of malnutrition that can be found at birth and increased rapidly to the 24-month-old baby.

"A golden opportunity to reduce stunting is over 1,000 days of life, due to fertilization by the age of two years," he said during a talk show recently at the miracle of breastfeeding in Jakarta, adding that two of the possible causes stunting the nutrients long-term deficiency and recurrent infections during the 1000 first day life.


"Children who do not suffer from stunting have higher productivity [later] at 20 percent more than those who do," he said.

The government, backed by the MCA Indonesia, is reported to have made efforts to implement the health and nutrition community-based projects to reduce stunting in about 6,000 villages were appointed. "The project also aims to reduce household expenditure through cost savings, productivity growth and increased revenue," added King.

Adina Pringgayuda Fala, a doctor who specializes in breastfeeding, explaining that provide good nutrition, which ranges from nutritional intake during pregnancy and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, to provide additional food in breastfeeding, can help prevent stunting. "It is also advisable to provide exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months and then continue breastfeeding with supplementary food," he said.


Fala said that ASI has enough nutrition to the baby, including water, colostrum, lactose, protein and many more useful components so that mothers do not need to feed their babies with anything for the first six months.

However, there are not enough nursing mothers exclusively in Indonesia, he added. "There is increasing per year, but not yet meet the standards of the Ministry of Health of 80 percent."

According to data from the ministry last year, the number of breastfeeding in Indonesia only reached 54.3 percent nationally.

A study by the MCA formative Indonesia revealed that about 55 percent of respondents do not exclusively breastfeed for various reasons, including the inability to produce and worry that the baby may be hungry. "About 43 percent of women think that breast milk is not enough to provide the nutritional needs of their children," he said.


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