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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of study participants: exploratory study of reasons for failure of EBF at 42 days’ postpartum period, Hooghli, West Bengal, India, 2018 (N = 306)

From: Determinants of optimum exclusive breastfeeding duration in rural India: a mixed method approach using cohort and content analysis design

Characteristics n %
Age ≤22 159 52
> 23 147 48
Religion Hindu 270 88
Caste ST 110 36
SC 138 45
Educational qualification of the mother Up to primary 178 58
Illiterate 35 11
Educational qualification of the father Up to primary 198 66
Illiterate 54 18
Socioeconomic status Lower 261 85
Family type Joint family 164 53
Families where father of the child is the major earner 105 34
BMI < 18.5Kg/m2 35 11
23–24.9 & ≥25 Kg/m2 111 36