What is it about?

This study investigates the factors affecting the feeding practices of children aged 6–23 months in Indonesia. Using data from the 2017 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey, it analyzes predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors associated with complementary feeding practices. Results indicate low prevalence of minimum dietary diversity and acceptable diet among children. Factors such as maternal education, household wealth, access to healthcare, and internet usage significantly influence feeding practices. Strategies to enhance health services, economic conditions, and maternal education are crucial for improving child feeding practices in Indonesia.

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Why is it important?

This study addresses a critical issue in child nutrition by examining the factors influencing complementary feeding practices among young children in Indonesia. As malnutrition remains a significant concern in the country, understanding these factors is vital for developing effective interventions and policies to improve child health outcomes. The findings offer valuable insights for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and stakeholders involved in maternal and child health programs. By identifying specific factors associated with feeding practices, this study contributes to evidence-based strategies aimed at combating malnutrition and promoting child well-being in Indonesia.


As a researcher in public health, I recognize the importance of addressing malnutrition among children, particularly in developing countries like Indonesia. This study's focus on identifying factors influencing child feeding practices provides essential insights for designing targeted interventions and policies to improve nutritional outcomes. By emphasizing the role of maternal education, household wealth, and access to healthcare, it underscores the need for comprehensive approaches to address the complex factors influencing child nutrition. Implementing strategies to enhance maternal education, economic conditions, and healthcare services can have a significant impact on improving child feeding practices and ultimately reducing the burden of malnutrition in Indonesia.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Factors associated with complementary feeding practices among children aged 6–23 months in Indonesia, BMC Pediatrics, December 2022, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1186/s12887-022-03728-x.
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