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Table 3 Feeding practices among mothers of 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 (%)
Ever breastfeeding (n = 782)
 Yes 769 98.3
 No 13 1.7
Early initiation of breastfeeding (n = 782)
 Yes 601 76.9
 No 168 21.5
Have you ever heard about breastfeeding? (n = 782)
 Yes 504 64.5
 No 278 35.5
Where did you get the information? (n = 504)a
 Health facility 429 85.1
 Family 76 15.0
 Mass media 73 14.5
 Others 32 6.3
Type of information (n = 504)a
 Benefits of breastfeeding 366 72.6
 Techniques of breastfeeding 312 61.9
 Breast milk initiation time 232 46.0
 Others 85 16.9
Prelacteal feeding (n = 782)
 Yes 87 11.1
 No 695 88.9
Reasons for prelacteal feeding (n = 87)a
 Culture 47 54.0
 No enough milk 35 40.2
 Breast pain 2 2.3
 I was sick 5 5.7
 Others 3 3.4
Influenced to give prelacteal feeding (n = 87)
 Yes 68 78.1
 No 19 21.83
Influential individual for prelacteal feeding (n = 68)
 Husband 3 4.4
 Traditional birth attendant 26 38.2
 Child’s grandmother 39 57.3
Colostrum feeding (n = 782)
 Yes 695 88.9
 No 87 11.1
Reasons for not feeding colostrum (n = 87)
 Not clean 23 26.4
 Difficult for the baby 13 14.9
 Will cause abdominal pain 32 36.8
 Not important 6 3.4
 Others 3 6.9
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