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Table 1 Socio-demographic and biomedical characteristics of participants (n = 373)

From: Determinants of breastfeeding initiation among mothers in Kuwait

Maternal characteristics N %
Maternal age   
   < 25 yrs 82 22.0
   25-34 yrs 240 64.3
   ≥35 yrs 51 13.7
Maternal education   
   < 12 yrs 127 34.0
   ≥ 12 yrs 246 66.0
Country of mother's birth   
   Kuwait 196 52.5
   Other Gulf States 13 3.5
   Other Arabian countries 123 33.0
   Other Islamic countries 10 2.7
   Other world countries 31 8.3
Mother's living area (Kuwaiti governorates)   
   Hawalli 186 49.9
   Farwaniya 96 25.7
   Mubarak al Kabeer & Ahmadi 49 13.1
   Kuwait City & Jahraa 42 11.3
Father's occupation   
   Managers & professionals 97 26.0
   Sales & clerical 115 30.8
   Unskilled occupations 157 42.1
   Unemployed 4 1.1
Employment plans for the next 6 months   
   Stay at home with the baby 207 55.5
   Work full time 20 5.4
   Work part time 113 30.3
   Study full time 7 1.9
   Study part time 6 1.6
   Undecided 20 5.4
Parity   
   Primiparous 112 30.0
   Multiparous 261 70.0
Vaginal delivery   
   Yes 235 63.0
   No 138 37.0
Infant characteristics   
Gender   
   Male 195 52.3
   Female 178 47.7
Spent time in SCN   
   Yes 76 20.4
   No 297 79.6