Infant and Young Child Feeding

Undernutrition contributes to over 3 million deaths in children under the age of 5 years annually, and causes millions more to suffer from life-long physical and cognitive disabilities. Optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices play a large role in the goal of reducing child mortality and morbidity. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF issued a global strategy for IYCF in 2002, emphasizing sustained interventions to improve poor feeding practices.

Community-based infant and young child feeding (Image from UNICEF; Click here for more information).

Our group’s efforts contribute to addressing this problem through innovative behavior change interventions to support exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months, continued breastfeeding after 6 months, appropriate timing and quality of complementary feeding between 6 and 24 months, and improved availability and access to animal-source foods. Ultimately, our research aims to ensure and accelerate the promotion, protection and support of good IYCF practice.


Small Scale Egg Production: Assessing the effect of sustainable small-scale egg production on maternal and child nutrition in rural Zambia (completed)

The ASTUTE Project: Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early (current)

The SHINE Trial: The Sanitation, Hygiene and Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) Trial in rural Zimbabwe (current)


Katherine L. Dickin, Rebecca StoltzfusDadirai Fundira, Stephanie L. MartinGina Chapleau, Hope CraigIbukun Owoputi, Sarah Dumas, Rukundo Kambarami Benedict, Cynthia Matare.


Zongrone, A. (2015). Behavior change intervention research in infant and young child feeding: understanding caregiver capabilities, self-efficacy, and the critical decisions that define infant feeding trajectories in Bangladesh (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from eCommons.