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Table 2 Mothers’ awareness of exclusive breastfeeding

From: Exclusive breastfeeding among city-dwelling professional working mothers in Ghana

Attributes Frequency Percent
Awareness that babies need to be breastfed for the first six months 366 99.2
Believes that infants do better on only breast milk for the first six months. 346 93.8
Sources of education on exclusive breastfeeding
  Nurses/health worker 275 74.5
  Media/Other sources 94 25.5
Initiation of breastfeeding
  Within the first one hour 336 91.1
  After one hour 31 8.4
Ever breastfed baby 364 98.6
Introduction of child to other foods/milks
  Less than six months 311 89.7
  From six months 38 10.3
Foods given to infants before six months
  Water 191 51.8
  Porridge 106 28.7
  Lactogen 34 9.2
Milk products usually used for feeding
  Tin milk (lactogen infant formula) 95 25.7
  Breast milk 213 57.7
  Cerelac infant formula 17 4.6
  SMA 8 2.2
  None 22 6.0
  Others (Ideal milk, Carnation, cowbell) 14 3.8
Feeding method most convenient for mothers
  Breastfeeding 353 95.7
  Formula feeding 16 4.3
Feeding method most difficult for mothers to practice
  Breastfeeding 55 14.9
  Formula feeding 314 85.1
Health workers recommendation on infant feeding from birth
  Breast milk 346 93.8
  Formula foods 23 6.2
  No recommendation 5 1.4
Nurses’ recommendations on infant feeding beyond six months.
  Breast milk 15 4.1
  Complementary feeding (semi-solid, porridge, family foods) 340 92.1
  Formula feeding 3 .8
  No recommendation 11 3.0
Mothers had maternity leave with pay 356 96.5
Support from worksite to continue breastfeeding after maternity leave
  Not at all 263 71.3
  Some support 106 28.7
Mothers allowed to have their children at the work place 176 47.7
Mothers who had breastfeeding rooms at their work place 16 4.3
Mothers given special break for breastfeeding 81 22.0
Mothers on shift duties 38 10.3