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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of women living in Australia, Ireland and Sweden

From: Helpful and challenging aspects of breastfeeding in public for women living in Australia, Ireland and Sweden: a cross-sectional study

Demographic CharacteristicsWomen living in AustraliaWomen living in IrelandWomen living in Sweden
Maternal age (N = 10,885 Australia, N = 1831 Ireland, N = 1520 Sweden)32.3 mean34.9 mean32.8 mean
(N = 10,885 Australia,32 median35 median32 median
N = 1831 Ireland,33 mode35 mode32 mode
N = 1520 Sweden)Range 17 to 53 (SD 4.79)Range 18 to 49 (SD 4.109)Range 18 to 57 (SD 4.92)
Highest education level (N = 10,910 Australia, N = 1820 Ireland, N = 1520 Sweden)
 University / college postgraduate degree2997 (27.5%)943 (51.8%)835 (55.0%)
 University / college undergraduate degree4707 (43.1%)681 (37.4%)417 (27.4%)
 High / secondary school completed2623 (24.0%)183 (10.1%)252 (16.6%)
 High / secondary school not completed583 (5.3%)13 (0.7%)16 (1%)
Number of children (N = 10,910 Australia, N = 1800 Ireland, N = 1409 Sweden)
 1 child4990 (45.7%)761 (41.9%)677 (48.0%)
 2 children4097 (37.6%)664 (36.6%)537 (38.0%)
 3 children1341 (12.3%)226 (15.0%)150 (11%)
 4 or more children482 (4.4%)109 (6.4%)45 (3%)
Number children ever breastfed (N = 10,910 Australia, N = 1835 Ireland, N = 1410 Sweden)
 1 child5225 (47.9%)828 (45.1%)707 (50.2%)
 2 children4024 (36.9%)671 (36.6%)523 (37.1%)
 3 children1245 (11.4%)249 (13.6%)138 (9.8)
 4 or more children416 (3.8%)86 (4.7%)41 (2.9%)
Still breastfeeding youngest child (N = 10,910 Australia, N = 1837 Ireland, N = 1443 Sweden)7607 (69.7%)1288 (70.1%)950 (62.5%)