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What are the current feeding practices of infants and toddlers?

Examining low-income infant and toddler feeding practices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) oversees the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a program that offers healthy foods and nutrition education to low-income women, infants, and children (up to age 5) who are at nutritional risk. FNS needs up-to-date information on current child feeding practices and nutritional outcomes, especially in light of recent changes to WIC food packages and programs.

The WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2 (WIC ITFPS-2) was launched to examine the feeding practices employed by those who enroll in WIC around the time of their child’s birth. By capturing data on caregivers and their children over the first 6 years of the child’s life, the study informs a series of research questions regarding

  • Feeding practices
  • Association between WIC services and those practices
  • Health and nutrition-related outcomes of children currently or previously on WIC

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