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Table 1 The socio-demographic characteristics of respondents (n = 682)

From: Factors associated with exclusive breastfeeding among infants under six months of age in peninsular malaysia

Characteristics n %
Maternal age (years)   
< 25 140 20.5
25 - 34 445 65.3
34 - 43 97 14.2
Area of residence   
Urban 407 59.7
Rural 275 40.3
Maternal ethnicity   
Malay 415 60.9
Chinese 128 18.7
Indian 109 16.0
Other 30 4.4
Maternal education level   
Diploma/Degree 109 16.0
Secondary school 533 78.1
Primary school 40 5.9
Maternal occupation   
Working 289 42.4
Not working 393 57.6
Maternal BMI (kg/m 2 )   
<18.5 41 6.0
18.5 - 24.9 446 65.4
>24.9 195 28.6
Monthly household income (RM)   
>3,500 52 7.6
1,500 - 3,500 451 66.1
<1,500 179 26.3
Parity   
Primiparous 247 36.2
Multiparous 435 63.8
Mode of delivery   
Vaginal 579 84.9
Instrumental/LSCS 103 15.1
Infant gender   
Male 366 53.7
Female 316 46.3
Infant birth weight (g)   
<2,500 86 12.6
2,500 - 4,000 581 85.2
>4,000 15 2.2
Infant age (months)   
One 139 20.3
Two 111 16.3
Three 123 18.0
Four 96 14.1
Five 102 15.0
Six 111 16.3