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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics and birth characteristics of the participants (n = 543)a

From: Barriers and facilitators to breastfeeding during the immediate and one month postpartum periods, among Mexican women: a mixed methods approach

  Total
(n = 543)
Mother’s age (years) (Mean ± SD) 24.16 ± 6.17
Gestational age (weeks) (Mean ± SD) 38.8 ± 1.29
Type of delivery (%)
 Cesarean section 260 (47.88)
 Vaginal 283 (52.12)
Parity (Number of children) (%)
 None 241 (44.38)
 1 158 (29.10)
 2 or more 144 (26.52)
Indigenousb (yes) (%) 34 (6.27)
Educational level (%)
 Less than high school 303 (57.28)
 High school or similar 162 (30.62)
 Undergraduate or more 64 (12.10)
Employment statusc (%)
 Formal work 125 (23.06)
 Informal work 41 (7.56)
 Student 68 (12.55)
 Housewife 308 (56.83)
Type of healthcare institution (%)
 Mexican Social Security 236 (43.46)
 Ministry of Health 240 (44.20)
 Private 67 (12.34)
Area of residenced (%)
 Urban 347 (73.30)
 Rural 196 (26.70)
State (%)
 Chihuahua 272 (50.09)
 Puebla 271 (49.91)
  1. aProportion or mean ± SD are presented as indicated
  2. bIndigenous, referring to women who speak an indigenous language
  3. cFormal work = paid employment; Informal work = self-employment (merchant) or family business worker
  4. dUrban = > 2500 inhabitants; Rural < 2500 inhabitants