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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of breastfeeding mothers in Goba District, Bale Zone, March- February 2010

From: Factors associated with exclusive breastfeeding practices among mothers in Goba district, south east Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Socio-demographic variables   Number Percent
Age of mothers (years) 15-19 43 7.1
  20-24 173 28.5
  25-29 219 36.0
  30+ 173 28.5
  Mean(SD) 26.5(±5.5)  
Religion Muslim 422 69.4
  Orthodox 173 28.5
  Protestant 13 2.1
Ethnicity Oromo 542 89.1
  Amhara 60 9.9
  Other* 6 1.0
Educational status of mothers Illiterate 139 22.9
  Able to read/Write¥ 98 16.1
  Primary(1–8) 275 45.2
  Secondary and above(9+) 96 15.8
Marital status Married 579 95.7
  Never married 10 1.7
  Other 11 1.8
Occupation of mothers House wife 498 81.9
  Farmer 42 6.9
  Business Woman** 25 4.1
  Student 15 2.5
  Employed 13 2.1
  Other 15 2.5
Place of residence Urban 120 19.7
  Rural 488 80.3
Sex of infant Male 318 52.3
  Female 290 47.7
Age of infants < 6 months 283 46.9
  > 6 months 321 53.1
  1. *Tigre, Gurage Widowed, divorced, separated Daily laborer, house servants.
  2. **A woman who is involved in some form of trading activities.
  3. ¥ Attended informal education and able to read and write.