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Table 1 Selected characteristics of the participants in the study sample (n = 344)

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of breastfeeding among women visiting primary healthcare clinics on the island of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Variable Number (%)
Age (in years)
 18–24 39 (11.4)
 25–29 128 (37.5)
 30–34 107 (31.4)
 35–39 57 (16.7)
 40–44 10 (3)
  ≥ 45 0 (0)
Marital status
 Married 338 (99.1)
 Divorced 2 (0.6)
 Widowed 1 (0.3)
Educational background
 Primary school or lower 3 (0.9)
 Secondary school 65 (19.1)
 University or higher 272 (80)
Employed
 No 237 (69.3)
 Yes 105 (30.7)
 Self-employed 0 (0)
Employment sector
 Private 68 (66)
 Public 35 (34)
Entitled to breastfeeding hours by employer
 Yes 83 (82.2)
 No 18 (17.8)
Living with husband and children only
 Yes 293 (86.4)
 No (Living with relatives) 43 (12.7)
 No (Separated/Divorced/Widowed) 3 (0.9)
Number of housemaids or nannies
 0 240 (73.2)
 1 70 (21.3)
  > 1 18 (5.5)
Monthly family income (in AED)
  < 15,000 137 (42)
 15,000–30,000 153 (46.9)
  > 30,000 36 (11.1)
Number of children
 1 122 (35.9)
 2–4 206 (60.6)
  ≥ 5 12 (3.5)
Gender of last child
 Male 169 (51.4)
 Female 160 (48.6)
Last child’s gestational age at delivery
  < 37 weeks 69 (20.5)
  ≥ 37 weeks 267 (79.5)
Mode of delivery of last child
 Vaginal delivery 196 (57.6)
 Caesarian section 144 (42.4)
Healthcare provider explained the importance of breastfeeding during antenatal visits for last pregnancy
 Yes 275 (81.6)
 No 62 (18.4)
Healthcare provider explained the importance of breastfeeding after delivery of last child
 Yes 286 (84.4)
 No 53 (15.6)
Healthcare provider explained the appropriate practices of breastfeeding for last child
 Yes 268 (79.8)
 No 68 (20.2)