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Table 4 Total frequencies of main meals by the child’s age and breastfeeding status. Bold numbers indicate children’s meal frequency adhering to the WHO recommendations (N = 931)

From: Complementary feeding practices among infants and young children in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Child’s Age Breast feeding status Daily main meal frequency Recommended daily meal frequencya
1 meal
N (%)
2 meals
N (%)
3 meals
N (%)
≥4 meals
N (%)
< 6 months Yes/No 17 (27.0) 27 (42.9) 15 (23.8) 4 (6.3) N/A
6–8 months Yes 40 (21.4) 88 (47.0) 52 (27.8) 7 (3.7) ≥2
9–23 months Yes 3 (1.3) 55 (24.6) 131 (58.4) 35 (15.6) ≥3
6–23 months No 18 (3.9) 92 (20.1) 247 (54.0) 100 (21.9) ≥4
  1. aWorld Health Organization. Infant and young child feeding a tool for assessing national practices, policies and programmes. WHO, Geneva 2003