Multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) is critical in promoting successful and healthy pregnancies. However, its importance does not end with pregnancy; it should be extended throughout the breastfeeding period to ensure the availability of micronutrients to children and mothers, and to maintain the mother’s good nutritional status and health for subsequent pregnancies. Several critical elements must be integrated to achieve improved mother and child health by the end of the 1,000-day period, and to help develop human capital. To successfully support families to promote better mother and child health, it is important to view MMS as integral to the 1,000-day approach – in terms of both policy and the perspective of the ultimate recipient: the mother and family.
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