Formative qualitative research on complementary feeding practices in Pakistan
Analysis of major trends in complementary feeding practices and factors that affect them
The purpose of this research is to understand the major trends in complementary feeding (CF) practices and to unpack the reasons behind prevalent infant and young child CF practices. The findings of the research will help identify and explore:
• The enablers and barriers in optimal feeding practices across the various segments of the country’s population;
• The decision-making process in the household with regards to infant and young child food choices;
• Knowledge, attitude and practices in relation to complementary feeding practices of children aged 6–23 months;
• The links of other factors, such as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), social protection programmes and food security to feeding practices and nutrition status.
The study was conducted at the national level, covering all administrative divisions of Pakistan, including both rural and urban areas.