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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of mother-infant pairs and delayed initiation of breastfeeding in Juba Teaching Hospital, South Sudan

From: Factors associated with delayed initiation of breastfeeding: a cross-sectional study in South Sudan

  All participants n = 806 Delayed initiationa of breastfeeding n = 418
Variables n (%) n (%)
Infant sex
 Male 386 (47.9) 209 (50.0)
 Female 420 (52.1) 209 (50.0)
Mother age
 ≤ 19 139 (17.2) 73 (17.5)
 20–24 252 (31.3) 126 (30.1)
 25–29 246 (30.5) 135 (32.3)
 30–34 123 (15.3) 57 (13.6)
 ≥ 35 46 (5.7) 27 (6.5)
Place of residence
 Urban 410 (50.9) 204 (48.8)
 Rural 396 (49.1) 214 (51.2)
House ownership
 Yes 373 (46.3) 167 (40.0)
 No 433 (53.7) 251 (60.0)
Mother marital status
 Married 775 (96.2) 394 (94.3)
 Single 31 (3.8) 24 (5.7)
Mother education status
 None 136 (16.9) 65 (15.6)
 Primary 377 (46.8) 194 (46.4)
 Secondary 239 (29.7) 128 (30.6)
 Tertiary 54 (6.7) 31 (7.4)
Mother employment status
 Employed 197 (24.4) 101 (24.2)
 Not employed 609 (75.6) 317 (75.8)
  1. aDelayed initiation refers to putting an infant to the breast later than 1 hr after birth