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Table 5 The association between breastfeeding practices and diarrheal disease among children aged between 6–24 months (n = 254) in Hadaleala District, Afar Region, Northeast Ethiopia, May, 2015

From: Child feeding practices and diarrheal disease among children less than two years of age of the nomadic people in Hadaleala District, Afar Region, Northeast Ethiopia

Breastfeeding variables Diarrheal disease Crude Odds Ratio (95% Confidence Interval) Adjusted Odds Ratio (95% Confidence Interval)
Yes No
Early breastfeeding initiation
 Yes 40 (26.0%) 114 (74.0%) 1  
 No 63 (63.0%) 37 (37.0%) 4.85 (2.82, 8.35) 2.87 (1.49, 5.51)*
Breastfeeding at the time of the survey
 Yes 72 (34.8%) 135 (65.2%) 1  
 No 31(66.0%) 16 (34.0%) 3.63 (1.86, 7.08) 3.51 (1.57, 7.82)*
Breastfeeding status in the first 6 months
 Not exclusive breastfeeding 58 (87.9%) 8 (12.1%) 23.04 (10.23, 51.87) 19.24 (8.26, 44.82)**
 Exclusive breastfeeding 45 (23.9%) 143 (76.1%) 1  
  1. *Statistically significant variables at p < 0.05 **Statistically significant variables at p < 0.01 | The result of Hosmer and Lemshow test was > 0.995