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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics, Dale Woreda, March 2012

From: Early initiation of breastfeeding among mothers of children under the age of 24 months in Southern Ethiopia

Variables Number (n) Percent (%)
Current age of mother (years)
 15–19
 20–24
 25–29
 30–34
  ≥ 35
26
210
223
120
55
4.1
33.1
35.2
18.9
8.7
Age of child in months
 0–5
 6–11
 12–17
 18–23
90
166
187
191
14.2
26.2
29.5
30.1
Sex of child
 Male
 Female
317
317
50.0
50.0
Birthweight of child
  < 2.5 kg
  ≥ 2.5 kg
 Do not know
6
268
360
0.9
42.3
56.8
Marital status
 Married
 Othersa
611
23
96.4
3.6
Educational status
 Attended no formal school
 Attended formal school
145
489
22.9
77.1
Ethnicity
 Sidama
 Wolayita
 Amara
 Oromo
 Othersb
364
91
68
37
74
57.4
14.4
10.7
5.8
11.7
Religion
 Christian
 Muslims
612
22
96.5
3.5
Household monthly income   
 0–500
 501–1000
 1001–1500
 1501–2000
  > 2000
 Didn't know
87
73
19
23
36
396
13.7
11.5
3.0
3.6
5.7
62.5
Ownership of house
 Owner
 Rented
 Dependent
374
223
37
59.0
35.2
5.8
Parity
 One
 2–4
  ≥ 5
240
280
114
37.9
44.2
18.0
Number of living children
 One
 2–4
  ≥ 5
249
292
93
39.3
46.1
14.7
  1. a Widowed, single, divorced
  2. b Guragge, Tigray, Kembata, Hadiya, Benchimaji