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Table 4 Comparison of fathers’ and mothers’ knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding

From: A cross-sectional comparison of breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and perceived partners’ support among expectant couples in Mekelle, Ethiopia

Variables Mothers Frequency (%) Fathers Frequency (%)
First food for the newborn is breastmilk 125 (97.7) 126 (98.4)
Exclusive breastfeeding is giving the child breastmilk for the first 6 months 78 (60.9) 81 (63.3)
Babies should take only breastmilk for the first 6 months of their life 101 (78.9) 105 (82)
Breastmilk only is sufficient for the baby’s first 6 months of life 64 (50) 48 (37)
The baby should be breastfed on demand 22 (17.2) 32 (25)
Has knowledge on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to the baby 117 (91.4) 118 (92.2)
Exclusive breastfeeding is beneficial to the mother 48 (37.5) 53 (41.4)
Breastmilk supply can be sustained by having good nutrition/eating well 117 (91.4) 107 (83.6)
In times of absence the baby can continue to be exclusively breastfed by expressing breastmilk and storing 44 (34.4) 51 (39.8)
Health personnel can assist in overcoming breastfeeding difficulties 71 (55.5) 61 (47.7)
Knowledge category indicative of urgent interventiona
Good score (> 70%)
17 (13.3) 25 (19.5)
  1. aAccording to FAO guideline score < =70% indicates urgent need for nutritional intervention