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Table 1 Maternal sociodemographic characteristics in Gwanda District, Matabeleland South Province, 2018. (N = 225)

From: Determinants of exclusive breastfeeding among mothers of infants aged 6 to 12 months in Gwanda District, Zimbabwe

Variable Category aNon-EBF EBF Total
n = 144 % n = 81 % n = 225 %
Age (years) <  20 6 75 2 25 8 4
20- < 30 96 64 55 36 151 66
30- < 40 28 49 29 51 57 25
40- < 50 6 67 3 33 9 5
Median age = 26 ± 6 years
 Marital status Married 103 65 55 35 158 70
Cohabiting 17 65 55 35 158 70
Single 13 54 11 46 24 10
Separated/divorced 9 53 8 47 17 8
 Parity 1–2 children 101 66 52 34 153 68
3–4 children 37 61 24 39 61 27
>  4 children 6 55 5 45 11 5
 Education level No formal education 2 100 0 0 2 1
Primary 22 54 19 46 41 18
Secondary 118 70 51 30 169 75
Tertiary 2 15 11 80 13 6
 Occupation Unemployed 117 66 61 34 178 79
Formal 9 50 9 50 18 8
Self employed 18 62 11 38 29 13
 Religion Apostolic 67 71 28 29 95 42
Pentecostal 40 63 24 37 64 29
Protestant 19 49 20 51 39 17
None 12 57 9 43 21 9
Catholic 6 100 0 0 6 3
 Residence Rural 96 62 58 38 154 68
Urban 26 59 18 41 44 20
Mine/farm 22 81 5 19 27 12
 Number of rooms 1–2 90 76 29 24 119 53
3–4 42 53 38 47 80 36
>  4 11 44 14 56 25 11
 Income source Partner/husband 113 69 51 31 164 73
Self-employed 41 46 24 53 45 20
Relatives 10 63 6 37 16 7
  1. aNon-EBF Did not practice Exclusive Breastfeeding