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Table 3 Prelacteal feeding practices of respondents who had ever breastfed their index child in Raya Kobo district, North Eastern Ethiopia, January 2014

From: Prelacteal feeding practices and associated factors among mothers of children aged less than 24 months in Raya Kobo district, North Eastern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variable Frequency (n) Percent (%)
Prelacteal feeding practice for the index child (n = 623)   
 Yes 242 38.8
 No 381 61.2
Prelacteal foods (n = 242)*   
 Sugar solution 92 38.0
 Butter 78 32.2
 Ersho$ 31 12.8
 Honey 30 12.4
 Plain water 9 3.7
 Milk other than breast milk 2 0.8
Purported prelacteal feeding advantage (n = 242)   
 Do not know 177 73.1
 Behavioral modification 28 11.6
 For child health 24 9.9
 For child growth 13 5.4
Knowing risks associated with prelacteal feeding (n = 623)*   
 Do not know 390 62.6
 Diarrhea 213 34.2
 Infection 26 4.2
 Vomiting 10 1.6
 Poor growth 10 1.6
  1. *Variables that have multiple responses
  2. There are no recognized benefits associated with prelacteal feeding. The medical community defines all prelacteal feeding as (potentially) dangerous [3],[4].
  3. $Ersho is a traditional baking soda prepared by incubating the flour and double distilled water.