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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of mother-infant dyads (n = 1292)

From: Determinants of exclusive breastfeeding in rural South India

  Total (n = 1292)
Characteristics n %
Maternal age, mean (SD) 20.8(2.75)
Maternal education
 No education 168 13.0
 Primary (1–8 yrs) 511 39.6
 More than primary (>  8 yrs) 613 47.5
Religion
 Hindu 1280 99.1
 Muslim/others 12 0.9
Employed
 No 1259 97.5
 Yes 33 2.6
Household income, INR
  < 4000 663 51.3
 4001-10,000 536 41.5
  > 10,000 93 7.2
Gravida
 Primigravida 695 53.8
 Multigravida 597 46.2
Infant gender
 Girl 614 47.5
 Boy 671 51.9
 Twins 7 0.5
Birthweight
 Normal weight (>  2500 g) 793 61.4
 Low birthweight (≤ 2500 g) 499 38.6
Antenatal visits
  < 4 133 10.3
 5–6 241 18.7
 7–10 900 69.7
  > 10 18 1.4
Happy with infant gender
 No 153 11.8
 Yes 1139 88.2
Birth attendant
 Traditional Birth Attendant 24 1.9
 Relative 25 1.9
 Auxiliary Nurse Midwife 129 10.0
 Doctor/Nurse 1114 86.2
Delivery place
 Home 51 3.9
 Sub-center/PHC/District Health 732 56.7
 Maternity/Private Nursing Home 509 39.4
Delivery type
 Vaginal 1074 83.1
 Caesarian 218 16.9
Assistance during breastfeeding
 No 435 33.7
 Yes 857 66.3