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We know that large number of children in both wealthy and poverty stricken region suffer malnutrition. Optimal infant and young child feeding is an evidence based measure for improving child nutrition and child survival. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ninety nine per cent of all under-five deaths occur in developing countries. Most common causes of deaths are due to malnutrition, pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria. So weaning at proper time and with proper food is very important for growth of child. Aim -To know weaning practices in rural area of latur .Objectives -1) To determine factors related to early and delayed weaning. 2) To study various factors regarding weaning and association of weaning with malnutrition. Materials and method- A cross sectional observational study was conducted in the Dept of Paediatrics MIMSR medical college Latur. A pretested questionnaire was introduced to mother and feedbacks were taken. Mothers having infant from 6months to 2yr old who attended Pediatrics outpatient department or ward were included in study. Statistical test-chi square test was used. Results and conclusion- In only 50% children, weaning was started at proper time. Factors affecting early weaning were feeling insufficient amount of milk, working mothers, family members forcing to start gutti at 2 months, television. Factors affecting delayed weaning were lack of knowledge to mother regarding weaning, family’s decision etc. Malnutrition was significantly associated with time of weaning. Weaning should be started at proper time to prevent malnutrition. Health education should be given to mothers regarding weaning.

Keywords: weaning, malnutrition, mothers knowledge




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