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Table 1 Participant characteristics (n = 671)

From: Factors associated with the initiation of breastfeeding within the first 48 hours of life in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Characteristics of mothers n (%)
 Age
  < 25 years 161 24.0
  25–35 years 408 60.8
  > 35 years 102 15.2
 Education
  < 12 years 345 51.4
  ≥ 12 years 326 48.6
 Nationality
  Saudi 603 89.9
  Non-Saudi 68 10.1
 Employment
  Employed 144 21.5
  Not-employed 527 78.5
 Monthly household income
  < 5000 SR 199 29.7
  5000–10000 SR 304 45.3
  10,001–15, 000 SR 133 19.8
  > 15,000 SR 35 5.2
 Number of children
  One child 245 36.5
  More than one 426 63.5
 Mode of delivery
  Vaginal 502 74.8
  Caesarean section 169 25.2
 Gestation
  Pre term infant 35 5.2
  Full term infant 636 94.8
 Gestational diabetes
  Yes 79 11.8
  No 587 87.5
  Do not know 5 0.7
Characteristics of fathers
 Age
  < V25 years 7 1.0
  25–35 years 384 57.2
  > 35 years 280 41.7
 Education
  < 12 years 403 60.1
  ≥ 12 years 268 39.9
 Nationality
  Saudi 605 90.2
  Non-Saudi 66 9.8
 Employment
  Employed 610 90.9
  Not-employed 61 9.1
Characteristics of Infants
 Age
  0–3 months 39 5.8
  4–6 months 129 19.2
  7–9 months 67 10.0
  10–12 months 201 30.0
  13–15 months 38 5.7
  16–18 months 85 12.7
  19–21 month 18 2.7
  22–24 months 94 14.0
 Gender
  Male 357 53.2
  Female 314 46.8
 Birth weight
  Low birth weight 65 9.7
  Normal birth weight 606 90.3
  1. Yrs years, SR Saudi Riyal, mos months