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Table 1 Sociodemographic, knowledge and attitude characteristics of employed and unemployed mothers in Gondar town, northwest Ethiopia, October 2015

From: Exclusive breastfeeding and mothers’ employment status in Gondar town, Northwest Ethiopia: a comparative cross-sectional study

Variables Maternal employment
Employed n = 316 Unemployed n = 333
Number (%) Number (%)
Sex of child
 Male 150 (47.5) 173 (52.0)
 Female 166 (52.5) 160 (48.0)
Maternal age
 18-23 25 (7.9) 59 (17.7)
 24-29 153 (48.9) 155 (46.5)
  > = 30 138 (43.7) 119 (35.7)
Parity
 1–2 children 176 (55.7) 215 (64.6)
 3 and above children 140 (44.3) 118 (35.4)
Marital status
 Married 267 (84.5) 314 (94.2)
 Single 17 (5.4) 1(0.3)
 Divorced 26 (8.2) 14 (4.2)
 Widowed 6 (1.9) 4 (1.2)
Ethnicity
 Amhara 243 (76.9) 279 (83.8)
 Qimant 26 (8.2) 17 (5.1)
 Tigrie 38 (12.0) 36 (10.8)
 Others 9 (2.8) 1 (0.3)
Maternal education
 No formal education 35 (11.1) 45 (13.5)
 Only read and write 33 (10.4) 59 (17.7)
 Primary 36 (11.4) 81 (24.3)
 Secondary 114 (36.1) 122 (36.6)
 Higher 98 (31.0) 26 (7.8)
Husband education
 No formal education 21 (11.1) 36 (10.8)
 Can read and write 35 (10.4) 60 (18.0)
 Primary 34 (11.4) 58 (17.4)
 Secondary 104 (36.1) 118 (35.4)
 Higher 122 (31.0) 61 (18.3)
Religion   
 Orthodox Christian 228 (72.2) 212 (63.7)
 Muslim 74 (23.4) 109 (32.7)
 Protestant 10 (3.2) 6 (1.8)
 Catholic 3 (0.9) 2 (0.6)
 Other 1 (0.3) 4 (1.2)
Attitude towards EBF
 Good attitude 252 (79.7) 287 (86.2)
Knowledge on EBF
 Good knowledge 253 (80.1) 271 (81.4)