Objective: To analyze the feeding practices of malnourished infants and young children aged 6–24 months old in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. Method: Fourteen mothers or caregivers who had malnourished infants and young children aged 6–24 months were interviewed, focusing on their feeding practices. Informants came from sub-districts in Bogor Regency, Indonesia, which had a higher incidence of malnutrition. The interview process was recorded. Verbatim transcripts of recorded interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Five major themes were identified: (1) Inappropriate practice of early initiation of breastfeeding, (2) Challenges in decision making to maintain breastfeeding, (3) Lack of complementary feeding practices, (4) Failing to follow feeding recommendations, and (5) Infant and young child feeding constraints. Conclusion: The feeding practice for malnourished infants and young children is not entirely based on the recommended standards. This situation is caused by several factors such as economic conditions, culture, parental knowledge, family and community health workers’ support. Health workers need to provide comprehensive intervention for mothers and families intensively by taking into account the culture and conditions of the related family.
- Complementary feeding
- Young children