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Table 3 General characteristics of mothers and infants in the programme

From: Breastfeeding and infant growth outcomes in the context of intensive peer counselling support in two communities in Bangladesh

  Normal birth weight Low birth weight
n = 641 n = 38
Mean ± SD (Range) Mean ± SD (Range)
Infant Birth weight (Kg) 3.1 ± 0.34 (2.5–4.4) 2.1 ± 0.23 (1.5–2.4)
Mothers age (years) 22.2 ± 3.3 (16–35) 23.1 ± 4.0 (18–33)
Mothers education   
 Years of schooling 7.1 ± 3.1 6.5 ± 3.5
  % %
 No education 5.3 13.2
 With education 94.7 86.8
Previous children   
 0 59.1 50.0
  ≥ 1 40.9 50.0
Previous child was EBF   
 Yes 95.8 68.4
 No 4.2 31.6
Gestational age (weeks)a   
  < 37 3.0 13.2
  > 37 97.0 86.8
Place of delivery   
 Health facility 53.5 60.5
 Home 46.5 39.5
Delivery type   
 Normal vaginal 78.5 73.7
 Caesarean section 21.5 26.3
Delivered by   
 Doctor/Nurse 52.3 63.2
 TBA 47.7 36.8
  1. EBF = exclusively breastfed, aExpected date of delivery was missing for 3 normal birth weight infants, TBA = traditional birth attendant