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Table 4 Characteristics of the mothers in the cohort study in Tlokwe sub-district and mothers in the FGDs from the neighbouring sub-district, Matlosana

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

Sociodemographic data Cohort
(n = 72) %
FGD women
(n = 32) %
Mother age range (years) 22–42 20–41
Mean age of mother (years) 28.0 30.6
Infant age range (weeks) 20–24 6–24
Unemployment status 53 (74.2) 28 (87.5)
Infant feeding practices data
 Breastfeeding 58 (80.6) 26 (81.2)
 Exclusively breastfeeding 13 (18.0) 9 (28.1)a
 Water giving 19 (54.2) 16 (50.0)a
 Food feeding 43 (59.8) 7 (22.0)a
  1. aMore infants aged 6–8 weeks