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Table 2 The mother's feeding practices in city, suburb and rural areas, Zhejiang (2004–2005)

From: Initiation of breastfeeding and prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge in urban, suburban and rural areas of Zhejiang China

   City Suburb Rural Total
Variable   n % N % n % n %
First feed Breast milk 472 74.3 247 71.6 209 41.4 928 62.5
  Not breast milk 163 25.7 98 28.4 296 58.6 557 37.5
  Missing 3   2   30   35  
Time breastfeeding decision made Before pregnancy 482 75.9 255 73.5 352 67.2 1089 72.3
  During pregnancy 103 16.2 73 21.0 87 16.6 263 17.5
  After baby born 50 7.9 19 5.5 85 16.2 154 10.2
  Unknown 3   0   11   14  
Mother received gift of formula Yes 246 38.7 88 25.4 157 31.8 491 33.3
  No 389 61.3 258 74.6 337 68.2 984 66.7
  Unknown 3   1   41   45  
First breastfeed ≤ 30 min 163 27.0 178 53.5 142 27.8 483 33.4
  >30 min 441 73.0 155 46.5 369 72.2 965 66.6
  Unknown 34   14   24   72  
Colostrum secretion ≤ 1 day 403 64.1 164 47.4 182 36.2 749 50.7
  ≥ 2 days 226 35.9 182 52.6 321 63.8 729 49.3
  Unknown 9   1   32   42  
Baby admitted to NICU Yes 106 16.7 19 5.5 22 4.4 147 9.9
  No 528 83.3 326 94.5 479 95.6 1333 90.1
  Unknown 4   2   34   40