In Latin America and other nutritional transition contexts, there is a pressing need for feasible interventions at primary healthcare (PHC) level for the promotion of healthy infant growth, defined as the effective promotion of exclusive breastfeeding and adequate complementary feeding and growth monitoring. This is necessary to ensure “appropriate” linear growth and weight gain during the first two years of life, thus preventing simultaneously undernutrition, obesity, and chronic diseases. This article identifies the barriers faced by providers to the promotion of healthy infant growth at PHC, which needs to be considered in the design of such interventions.
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