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Table 4 Reasons reported by mothers for delaying the initiation of breastfeeding

From: Determinants of the early initiation of breastfeeding in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Reasons Central (Riyadh): n = 500 Eastern (Dammam): n = 300 Northern (Hail): n = 300 Western (Jeddah): n = 300 Southern (Jazan): n = 300 KSA: n = 1700
n % n % n % n % n % n %
Delay at the place of delivery 114 37 72 36 130 49 82 44 44 35 442 40.9
Caesarean delivery 74 24 39 20 60 23 73 39 34 27 280 25.9
Mother sickness 38 12 23 12 31 12 10 5 14 11 116 10.7
Child given prelacteal feed 4 1 39 20 30 11 15 8 23 18 111 10.3
Cultural factors 6 2 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 12 1.1
Child sickness 29 9 10 5 4 2 3 2 4 3 50 4.6
No reasons 28 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 2.6
Lack of breast milk 8 3 8 4 5 2 2 1 2 2 25 2.3
Lack of knowledge of breastfeeding 7 2 3 2 1 0.4 1 0.5 5 4 17 1.6
Total 308 100 198 100 263 100 186 100 126 100 1081 100