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Table 2 Infant feeding practices for the cohort of mothers with infants aged 4–24 weeks (N = 159)

From: Psychosocial barriers and enablers of exclusive breastfeeding: lived experiences of mothers in low-income townships, North West Province, South Africa

Feeding practices at
N = 159
4–8 weeks
(n = 159) %
10–14 weeks
(n = 109) %
20–24 weeks
(n = 72) %
Breastfeeding 150 (94.3) 94 (86.2) 58 (80.6)
EBFa 54 (34.0) 32 (29.3) 13 (18.0)
Breastfeeding + non-prescribed medicinesb 83 (52.2) 42 (38.5) 48 (66.7)
Breastfeeding + water 57 (35.8) 40 (36.7) 35 (48.6)
Breastfeeding + formula feeding (FF) 27 (17.0) 22 (20.2) 22 (30.6)
Breastfeeding + food 5 (3.1) 17 (36.7) 39 (54.2)
Formula feeding only (FF) 34 (21.4) 37 (34.0) 11 (15.3)
  1. aEBF Exclusive breastfeeding (Breastmilk + ORS + prescribed meds only (NDOH, 2013, 2018) and bBreastmilk + all medicines) (WHO, 2008 [41])