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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of the study participants in Dabat HDSS site, Dabat District, northwest Ethiopia, 2015

From: Only half of the mothers practiced early initiation of breastfeeding in Northwest Ethiopia, 2015

Variables Frequency Percent
Child age (months)
 6–11 239 29.1
 12–24 583 70.9
Child sex
 Male 410 49.9
 Female 412 50.1
Religion
 Orthodox 773 94.0
 Othera 49 6.0
Mother’s age
 15–19 46 5.6
 20–34 461 56.1
 ≥ 35 315 38.3
Mother’s education
 Illiterate 571 69.5
 Literate 251 30.5
Mother’s employment
 Housewife 482 58.6
 Farmer 211 25.7
 Otherb 129 15.7
Mother’s marital status
 Currently married 739 89.9
 Currently unmarriedc 83 10.1
Father’s education
 Illiterate 554 67.4
 Primary school 143 17.4
 Secondary school and above 125 15.2
Father’s employment
 Unemployed 46 5.6
 Farmer 431 52.4
 Other employmentd 345 42.0
Household size
 ≤ 4 304 37.0
 > 4 518 63.0
Number of children under 5 years
 1 54 6.6
 2–3 768 93.4
Wealth status
 Poor 307 37.3
 Medium 246 29.9
 High 269 32.7
  1. aMuslim, protestant and catholic
  2. bStudents, unemployed, servant, own business
  3. cSingle, divorced and widowed
  4. dMerchant, contract and permanent work
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