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Table 1 Selected demographic characteristics of Rural Infant Feeding Study (RIFS) participants

From: The influence of infant feeding attitudes on breastfeeding duration: evidence from a cohort study in rural Western Australia

Demographic characteristic (n = 427) (Mean ± SD) n %
Mean maternal age (yrs):      30.2 ± 5.2   
Mean birth weight (g):       3523 ± 471   
Mean gestational age (wks):     39.5 ± 1.4   
Health service regiona (n = 427)   
 Midwest 291 68.1
 South West 100 23.4
 Wheatbelt 19 4.4
 Goldfields 15 3.5
 Pilbara 2 0.5
Remoteness classification (ARIA) (n = 424)   
 HA (Highly Accessible) 19 4.4
 A (Accessible) 259 60.7
 MA (Moderately Accessible) 95 22.2
 R (Remote) 31 7.3
 VR (Very Remote) 20 4.7
Maternal age (yrs) (n = 427)   
 <20 11 2.6
 20-29 184 43.1
 ≥30 232 54.3
Parity (n = 424)   
 Primiparous 178 41.7
 Multiparous 246 57.6
Maternal education (n = 417)   
 Did not complete high school 57 13.3
 Completed Yr 12/technical/trade qualification 198 46.4
 Bachelor degree or higher 162 37.9
Mother’s country of birth (n = 420)   
 Australia/New Zealand 363 85.0
 UK/Ireland 26 6.1
 Other 31 7.3
Household income (AUD) (n = 409)   
 <72,800 167 39.1
 ≥72,800 242 56.7
Birth weight (g) (n = 422)   
 <2500 7 1.6
 ≥2500 415 97.2
Method of delivery (n = 425)   
 Vaginal 244 57.1
 Assisted (forceps/suction) 60 14.1
 Caesarean section 121 28.3
  1. aWestern Australia Department of Health region