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Table 2 Knowledge and attitude of mothers (n = 634) towards exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), Debre Berhan District, April 2014

From: Factors associated with exclusive breastfeeding practices in Debre Berhan District, Central Ethiopia: a cross sectional community based study

Characteristics Frequency Percentage
Knowledge   
Ever heard about exclusive breastfeeding   
Yes 618 97.5
No 16 2.5
If you have heard about exclusive breastfeeding, from whom (n = 618)¥   
Health Extension Workers / Health Workers 559 90.5
Mass media (radio or television) 188 30.4
Husband 151 24.4
Friends/colleagues 114 18.4
Health Development Army 60 9.7
Community Health Agents 59 9.5
Ideal time duration for EBF   
correct time (6 months ) 529 83.4
Incorrect time (less or greater than 6 months) 105 16.6
Ideal time to wean an infant   
correct time (6 months ) 453 71.5
Incorrect time 181 28.5
Attitude   
Why do you breastfeed your infant (n = 634) ¥   
An accepted norm to EBF infant 451 71.1
It is natural gift 185 29.2
it is clean and accessible 130 20.5
Easy and cost effective 68 10.7
Do you want to breastfeed your next baby?   
Yes 519 81.9
No 25 3.9
Don’t want any more children 90 14.2
Do you encourage mothers to EBF their infant?   
yes 618 97.5
No 16 2.5
Why do you encourage exclusive breastfeeding? (n = 634) ¥   
Prevent infection and infant death 421 68.1
Improve infant's strength 228 36.9
Cost effective 121 19.6
  1. ¥- sum greater than hundred due to multiple responses