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Table 1 Characteristics of mothers, infants and their households

From: Participation in the “nutrition at the Centre” project through women’s group improved exclusive breastfeeding practices, as measured by the deuterium oxide dose-to-mother technique

CharacteristicsVSLA-N@C group
(N = 53)
Control group (N = 50)P -value
Characteristics of households
Food security
  Food insecurity, n (%)51 (96.2)49 (98.0)0.593
  Food security, n (%)2 (3.8)1 (2.0) 
Socio-economic status of households
  High, n (%)3 (5.8)7 (14.0)0.162
  Poor, n (%)49 (94.2)43 (86.0) 
Mean size of the households (SD)5.2 (1.4)5.2 (1.7)0.880
Characteristics of mothers
 Mean age of mothers, y (SD)27.2 (5.6)27.5 (6.9)0.834
 Mean BMI, kg/m2 (SD)17.3 (1.7)16.7 (1.7)0.029
 Mothers having at least a primary-level education, n (%)23 (43.40)20 (40.0)0.727
 Average number of children by mother (SD)3.1 (1.7)3.1 (1.5)0.967
 Member of VSLA, n (%)53 (100)31 (62.0)0.000
 Mothers living in a polygamous household, n (%)14 (26.9)20 (40)0.199
Characteristics of child
Sex
  Girls, n (%)26 (49.1)26 (52.0)0.765
  Boys, n (%)27 (50.9)24 (48.0) 
Mean age in months (SD)4.57 (0.67)5.05 (0.35)0.000
Mean weight in kg (SD)6.8 (1.0)6.7 (1.0)0.564
Mean length in cm (SD)63.0 (2.7)63.6 (2.6)0.234
Mean LAZ (SD)−0.43 (1.19)−0.58 (1.1)0.514
Mean WAZ (SD)−0.16 (1.11)− 0.61 (1.2)0.055
Mean WLZ (SD)0.23 (1.14)−0.23 (1.0)0.017
  1. VSLA Village Saving and Loan Association