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Table 3 Early initiation of breastfeeding according to moment of sensitization, breastfeeding educator and knowledge status of the 396 mothers interviewed

From: Delayed initiation of breastfeeding in Bukavu, South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: a cross-sectional study

Variables Delayed initiation of breastfeeding
n (%)
Early initiation of breastfeeding
n (%)
IRR (95%CI) p-value
Breastfeeding education before this pregnancy
 No 59 (44.4) 74 (55.6) 1.53 (1.17, 2.00) 0.002
 Yes 76 (28.9) 187 (71.1) 1  
Breastfeeding education during this pregnancy
 No 58 (47.5) 64 (52.5) 1.69 (1.29, 2.20) <  0.000
 Yes 77 (28.1) 197 (71.9) 1  
Breastfeeding education before and during this pregnancy
 No 64 (43.5) 83 (56.5) 1.52 (1.16, 1.91) 0.002
 Yes 71 (28.5) 178 (71.5) 1  
Breastfeeding educator
 Other 8 (50.0) 8 (50.0) 1.84 (1.08, 3.12) 0.049
 Health professional (midwives, nurses or doctors) 70 (27.1) 188 (72.9) 1  
Better knowledge of the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding
 Non 30 (34.9) 56 (65.1) 1.18 (0.81 – 1.71) 0.39
 Yes 48 (29.6) 114 (70.4) 1  
  1. IRR Incidence rate ratios