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Table 5 Relationship between respondents’ demographic characteristics and practice of breastfeeding

From: Perception and practice of breastfeeding among HIV positive mothers receiving care for prevention of mother to child transmission in South-East, Nigeria

Demographic variables Breastfed last child
Private, n (%) χ2(p value) Public, n (%) χ2(p value)
Age category (years)
 ≤ 24 12 (100) 6.62 (0.14) 6 (75.0) 10.4 (0.67)
 25–29 64 (72.7) 63 (70.8)
 30–34 119 (82.6) 97 (78.2)
 ≥ 35 24 (82.8) 41 (75.9)
Level of education
 No formal education 12 (80.0) 0.01 (1.00) 10 (100) 10.5 (0.86)
 Primary 33 (80.5) 36 (72.0 0
 Secondary 97 (80.2) 113 (78.5)
 Tertiary 79 (80.6) 48(67.6)
Employment status
 Unemployed 88 (80.7) 1.64 (0.44) 53 (76.) 2.2 (0.71)
 Paid employment 41 (74.5) 33 (71.7)
 Self-employed 92 (82.9) 121 (75.6)
Marital status
 Unmarried 32 (55.6) 12.69 (< 0.01)* 23 (69.7) 0.6 (0.44)
 Currently married 189 (80.4) 183 (75.9)
Parity category
 1–3 171 (84.2) 7.37 (0.21) 116 (71.6) 3.3 (0.15)
 4–6 50 (69.4) 91 (80.5)
Household income provider (s)
 Partner only 139 (81.8) 4.55 (0.41) 136 (78.2) 14.1 (0.02)*
 Self only 46 (82.1) 36 (59.0)
 Partner and self only 36 (73.5) 35 (87.5)
  1. % percent of the group
  2. *Refers to p values of less than 0.05 which imply statistical significance