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Table 1 FGD-data collection guide (adapted from Pelto et al., 2013)

From: Challenges and responses to infant and young child feeding in rural Rwanda: a qualitative study

1. Breastfeeding (BF)Infants 0–5 months of age
- BF initiation, exclusive breastfeeding and other care practices
- Difficulties encountered during BF period and coping responses
- Period of exclusive BF (0–5 months)
- Community members’ perceptions on BF practices
2. Complementary feeding (CF)Infants 6–8; 9–12; 13–23 months of age
- Timing of introduction of CF
- Feeding practices, foods or drinks given to the infants in addition to BF
- Difficulties encountered during this period and coping responses
- Community members’ perceptions on CF practices
- Care and duties
3. Food preparation, feeding practices, and storage of foods and drinks for infantsInfants 6–8; 9–12; 13–23 months of age
- Caregiver behaviors in relation to food preparation and storage
- Specially prepared food for infant (if prepared for whole family, is it modified for the infant, e.g., thinned out?)
- Who prepares the food?
- How prepared: single portion or extra (if so, which type of storage vessel)?
- Who feeds the food to the infant, specifically when mother is away?
4. Breastfeeding and complementary feeding challenges and responses- Perceptions on challenges, and responses applied to overcome challenges
- Community support for IYCF
- Perceptions on breastfeeding and complementary feeding challenges
- Responses to challenges
- Role of other community members in providing support