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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of respondents in Arba Minch Zuria, 2012 (n = 383)

From: Women’s perception and risk factors for delayed initiation of breastfeeding in Arba Minch Zuria, Southern Ethiopia

Variable Frequency Percent
Marital status   
  Married 376 98.2
  Unmarried 7 1.8
Family size   
  < 5 121 31.6
  ≥ 5 262 68.4
Maternal age (in years)   
  > 20 83 21.67
  20–24 230 60.05
  ≥ 25 70 18.28
Attended antenatal care   
  Yes 319 83.3
  No 64 16.7
Utilization of family planning   
  Yes 237 61.9
  No 146 38.1
Delivery assistant   
  Traditional birth attendants 197 51.4
  Health workers 41 10.7
  Relatives 145 37.9
Child age (in months)   
  0–6 120 31.33
  7–12 170 44.39
  13–24 93 24.28
Delivery type   
  Caesarean section 6 1.6
  Vaginal delivery 377 98.4
Place of delivery   
  Home 370 96.6
  Health institution 13 3.4
Maternal education   
  No education 235 61.4
  Reading and writing 79 20.6
  Elementary and above 69 19
Ethnicity   
  Gamo 299 78.0
  Wolaita 19 5.0
  Other* 65 17.0
Farm land owners   
  No 94 75.5
  Yes 289 24.5
Religion   
  Protestant 234 61.1
  Orthodox Christian 138 36.0
  Others** 11 2.9
  1. *Zeyse, Amhara, Ganta, Gofa; **Muslim, Traditional.