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Table 5 Breastfeeding practices of participants visiting four primary healthcare clinics in Abu Dhabi

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

Variable Number (%) Sample size (n)
Positively answered breastfeeding practice questions by participants on the basis of their experience with their last child (Total of six scored questions):
 Initiation of breastfeeding immediately and within the first hour of life 193 (72.6) 266
 Currently breastfeeding the last child and intending to continue until the age of ≥24 months 79 (28.7) 275
 Exclusively breastfed last child for 6 months 46 (16.9) 272
 Planning to continue exclusively breastfeeding last child until 6 months of age (for children < 6 months of age) 8 (2.9) 273
 Child was not given ready-made liquid formula in the hospital 176 (58.3) 302
 Attended breastfeeding classes during pregnancy 68 (22.2) 306
Participants’ overall practice level    338
 Good 94 (27.8)  
 Fair 129 (38.2)  
 Poor 115 (34)  
Breastfed last child for any duration of time 266 (84.4) 315
Had no difficulties in breastfeeding last child 220 (82.1) 268
Has past breastfeeding experience from previous children 185 (56.9) 325
Has past exclusive breastfeeding experience from previous children 124 (39.4) 315
Was advised to start formula milk for last baby by the following persons    277
 Doctor 133 (48)  
 Nurse 3 (1. 1)  
 Pharmacist 8 (2.9)  
 Family member 30 (10.8)  
 Friends 15 (5.4)  
 Others 1 (0.4)  
 No one 25 (9)