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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of mothers of children aged less than 24 months in Amibara district, North Eastern Ethiopia, April 2015

From: Determinants of early initiation of breastfeeding in Amibara district, Northeastern Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency (n) Percent (%)
Age of mother (in year) (n = 403)
  < 20 21 5.2
 20–34 302 74.9
  > 34 80 19.9
 Mean (± SD) & median age of mother 28.94 (±6.29) & 29.00 years
Ethnicity (n = 403)
 Afar 208 51.6
 Amhara 106 26.3
 Oromo 54 13.4
 Tigray 35 8.7
Religion of mother (n = 403)
 Muslim 229 56.8
 Orthodox 119 29.6
 Protestant 55 13.6
Maternal education status (n = 403)
 No formal education 131 32.5
 Formal education 272 67.5
Maternal marital status (n = 403)
 Currently married 292 72.5
 Unmarrieda 111 27.5
Paternal educational status (n = 366)
 No formal education 202 55.2
 Formal education 164 44.8
Head of the household (n = 403)
 Mother of the index child 92 22.8
 Fathers of the index child 311 77.2
Parity (n = 403)
 Primipara 103 25.6
 Multipara 300 74.4
Sex of the index child (n = 403)
 Male 203 50.4
 Female 200 49.6
Age of the child (in month) (n = 403)
  < 6 64 15.9
 6–11 60 14.9
 12–17 102 25.3
 18–23 177 43.9
 Mean (± SD) & median age of child 14.50 (± 7.36) & 15.00 months
Family size (n = 403)
 2 30 7.5
 3–4 142 35.2
  ≥ 5 231 57.3
  1. aSingle, divorced and widowed