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Table 1 Caller characteristics

From: Callers’ attitudes and experiences of UK breastfeeding helpline support

Caller characteristics Frequency (%)
Age (years)  
Under 20 3 (0.3)
20–24 47 (5.2)
25–29 200 (22.0)
30–34 352 (38.8)
35–39 236 (26.0)
40+ 55 (6.1)
Missing 15 (1.7)
Marital status  
Married/living together 858 (94.5)
In relationship 17 (1.9)
Single/separated/divorced 19 (2.1)
Not recorded 14 (1.5)
Ethnicity  
White 778 (85.7)
Mixed 22 (2.4)
Asian/Asian British 63 (6.9)
Black/Black British 21 (2.3)
Chinese/Other 9 (1.0)
Not recorded 15 (1.7)
Parity  
First-time mothers 607 (66.9)
At least one previous child 288 (31.7)
Not recorded 13 (1.4)
Age of child at time of call  
Pregnant 5 (0.6)
Under 1 month 446 (49.1)
Between 1–5 months 340 (37.4)
Between 6–12 months 86 (9.5)
Over 12 months 16 (1.8)
Not recorded 15 (1.6)
Current infant feeding practices  
Exclusive/fully breastfeeding1 628 (69.2)
Mixed feeding (breast and artificial milk) 189 (20.8)
Formula feeding 68 (7.5)
Not applicable2 10 (1.1)
Missing 13 (1.4)
Did mother breastfeed previous child/children (n = 301)  
Breastfed previous child/children 241 (80.1)
Did not breastfeed previous child/children 44 (14.6)
Missing 16 (5.3)
  1. 1This includes 73 cases where the mother was breastfeeding and had introduced complementary foods.
  2. 2Relates to mothers whose children were over 12 months of age and who had stopped breastfeeding and mothers who were pregnant.