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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of mothers with children aged 24 months or less in the Woldia, Kobo and Lalibela towns of North- Eastern Ethiopia, March 2015

From: Factors associated with prelacteal feeding in North Eastern Ethiopia: A community based cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency (n) Percent (%)
Age of mother (n = 782)
 <20 88 11.3
 20–34 598 76.5
 >34 96 12.3
Mothers’ educational status (n = 782)
 No formal education 212 27.1
 Formal education 570 72.9
Mothers’ marital status (n = 782)
 Single 31 4.0
 Married 681 87.1
 Divorced 66 8.4
 Widowed 4 0.5
Religion of mother (n = 782)
 Orthodox 662 84.7
 Muslim 109 13.9
 Protestant 10 1.3
 Others 1 0.1
Mothers’ ethnicity (n = 782)
 Amhara 755 96.5
 Tigray 23 2.9
 Others 4 0.5
Mothers’ occupation (n = 782)
 House wife 473 60.5
 Student 43 5.5
 Merchant 112 14.3
 Government Employee 101 12.9
 Others 52 6.6
Sex of last child (n = 782)
 Male 413 52.8
 Female 369 47.2