Studies of Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding Practices

Feeding My Baby and Me Study is anticipated to start in 2021.

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Feeding My Baby and Me, also known as Infant Feeding Practices Study III, or IFPS III for short, is a longitudinal study that will follow about 2,500 mothers and children from birth through 24 months of age. This study will assess feeding practices and related health outcomes during a critical period of child development. Feeding My Baby and Me is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with support from the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Infant Feeding Practices Study II (IFPS II), conducted by FDA and CDC in 2005–2007, was a longitudinal study that followed about 2,000 mother-infant pairs from the third trimester of pregnancy throughout the first year of life to study a variety of infant feeding practices.

In 2012, the FDA and CDC conducted the Year Six Follow-Up (Y6FU) study among mothers and children who participated in the IFPS II to characterize the health, development and dietary patterns of these children at 6 years of age.

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The Methods, Questionnaires, and Results linked below are from IFPS II (2005-2007) and Y6FU (2012).