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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of study participants Mizan Aman, Ethiopia, April 2015 (n = 314)

From: Knowledge, attitude and practice towards exclusive breastfeeding among lactating mothers in Mizan Aman town, Southwestern Ethiopia: descriptive cross-sectional study

Characteristics   Frequency Percentage
Maternal age (years) <20 75 23.9
21–25 92 29.3
26–30 123 39.2
>31 24 7.6
Maternal marital status Married 253 80.6
Single 24 7.6
Divorced 22 7.0
Widowed 15 4.8
Maternal religion Orthodox 169 53.8
Protestant 74 23.6
Muslim 53 16.9
Other Christiana 18 5.7
Maternal ethnicity Bench 105 33.4
Kaffa 90 28.7
Amhara 69 22.0
Otherb 50 15.9
Maternal occupation Housewife 97 30.9
Gov’t employee 88 28.0
Daily laborer 74 23.6
Merchant 48 15.3
Student 7 2.2
Maternal education Can’t read 70 22.3
Read and write 75 23.9
1–8 years 72 22.9
9–12 years 62 19.8
University/College 35 11.1
Average monthly income <30$ (600 ETB) 99 31.53
> = 30$ 215 68.47
Number of children <3 131 41.8
> = 3 183 58.2
  1. aCatholic, Jovha and Adventist
  2. bSilte, Gurage, Tigre, Hadya, Wolayita, Sheka, Yem, Kembata, Dizi, Surma