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Over one-third of child deaths worldwide occur due to undernutrition, with one-half of the malnutrition related deaths occurring in India, making childhood malnutrition an ongoing public health priority. This study has found that a complex set of barriers and facilitators influence mothers’/caregivers’ infant-toddler feeding practices. Most infants were fed complementary foods and non-nutritious processed snacks, counter to IYCF recommendations. It concludes that nutrition interventions should prioritize standard messaging across healthcare providers, engage all family members, target prevention of early introduction of sugary and non-nutritious processed foods, and strengthen maternal self-efficacy for following IYCF recommended guidelines. It is a useful study for program implementers and designers. Click here to read the study.