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Table 1 Maternal sociodemographic characteristics among 185 participants

From: Maternal sociodemographic characteristics and the use of the Iowa Infant Attitude Feeding Scale to describe breastfeeding initiation and duration in a population of urban, Latina mothers: a prospective cohort study

Characteristic n (%)aor mean±SD 
Maternal age in years 26.3±5.2 
Country of birth  
 USA 12 (6.5) 
 Mexico 102 (55.4) 
 Central America 62 (33.7) 
 Other 8 (4.3) 
Primary language  
 English 12 (6.5) 
 Spanish 173 (93.5) 
Years living in the US  
 ≤1 25 (14.6) 
 > 1 and ≤ 5 66 (38.6) 
 > 5 and ≤10 49 (28.7) 
 > 10 31 (18.1) 
Years in US for foreign born 6.4±5.9 
Marital statusb  
 Partnered 154 (83.7) 
 Not partnered 30 (16.3) 
Any employment  
 Yes 61 (33.0) 
 No 124 (67.0) 
Education  
 High school or less 143 (78.6) 
 Some college 30 (16.5) 
 College 5 (2.7) 
 Post college 4 (2.2) 
WIC participationc  
 Yes 171 (92.4) 
 No 14 (7.6) 
Other children  
 Yes 99 (53.5) 
 No 86 (46.5) 
Previously breastfedd  
 Yes 92 (92.0) 
 No 8 (8.0) 
Depressive symptoms at intakee  
 Yes 61 (34.7) 
 No 115 (65.3) 
Depressive symptoms 4–6 weeks postpartum  
 Yes 30 (16.6) 
 No 151 (83.4) 
BMIf  
 Pre-pregnancy 26.1±5.5 
 6 months postpartum 29.0±6.5 
 12 months postpartum 28.8±6.3 
Pre-pregnancy BMI categoryg  
 Normal (< 25) 79 (47.3) 
 Overweight (≥25 or <30) 56 (33.5) 
 Obese (≥30) 32 (19.2) 
  1. a n and percentages represent those who answered the question.
  2. b Partner status identified by women and included single but living with a partner.
  3. c Women, Infants and Children.
  4. d Calculated among those who had previous children (n=100).
  5. e Participants scoring positive on at least one of the three depression instruments administered.
  6. f Body Mass Index, calculated in kg/m2.
  7. g Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Body Mass Index. Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Atlanta, GA, 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html.