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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of the study participants by breast feeding Status, Kersa district, east Ethiopia, 2011

From: Predictors of non-exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months among rural mothers in east Ethiopia: a community-based analytical cross-sectional study

Characteristics Total Breastfeeding status
Non –EBF (%) EBF (%)
Mother’s age ( years)    
  15-34 744 208 (85.6) 536 (86.9)
  35–49 116 35 (14.4) 81 (13.1)
Mean age (± standard deviation ) 860 27.1 (5.6) 26.7 (5.6)
Mother’s residence    
  Rural 745 217 (89.3) 528 (85.6)
  Semi-urban 115 26 (10.7) 89 (14.4)
Mother’s education    
  Illiterate 727 215 (88.5) 512 (83.0)
  Literate 133 28 (11.5) 105 (17.0)
Marital status    
  Currently unmarried ¥ 27 13 (5.3) 14 (2.3)
  Married 833 230 (94.7) 603 (97.7)
Mother’s occupation    
  Farmers 538 150 (61.7) 388 (62.9)
  Others£ 322 93 (38.3) 229 (37.1)
Father’s education   123 (53.5) 319 (52.9)
  Illiterate 442   
107 (46.5) 284 (47.1)
  literate 391
Father’s occupation   220 (95.7) 568 (94.2)
  Farmers 788   
10 (4.3) 35 (5.8)
  Others £ 45
Household SEP    
  Lowest 171 40 (16.5) 131 (21.2)
  Second 173 57 (23.5) 116 (18.8)
  Middle 172 37 (15.2) 135 (21.9)
  Fourth 172 50 (20.6) 122 (19.8)
  Highest 172 59 (24.3 ) 113 (18.3)
Food security status    
  Food insecure 397 93 (38.3) 304 (49.3)
  Food secure 463 150 (61.7) 313 (50.7)
Sex of the child    
  Male 447 124 (51.0) 323 (52.4)
  Female 413 119 (49) 294 (47.6)
Age of the child ( in months)    
  6-11 251 70 (28.8) 181 (29.3)
  12-23 609 173 (71.2) 436 (70.7)
Mean age of the child (±SD) 860 14.3 (4.7) 13.6 (4.5)
  1. ¥ = separated, divorced, widowed, £ = civil servant, private employee, private business, daily laborer, student , SEP Socio-Economic Position.