Objective of the study is to determine perceived barriers to nutrient feeding in relation to severely stunted children. The method used qualitative methods with a phenomenological approach. Data retrieval was done through semi-structured interview techniques, field notes, and observations referring to 15 mothers who had severely stunted children aged 1–5 years. Data analysis used the Colaizzi method. Results of the study are: (1) mothers had previously and currently experienced feeding severely stunted children, (2) mothers face perceived barriers that arise from mother's ability to feed their children, children's feeding patterns and family economic problems and (3) mothers make an effort to overcome these barriers independently and they may also require other people's assistance. The conclusion is mother's perceived barriers when providing nutrition for their children with severe stunting come from both inside and outside of mother's self. Perceived barriers interact with each other and cause poor nutrition and severe stunting.
- Child feeding
- Perceived barrier