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Table 1 Socio-demographic, health and dietary practice of mothers with children aged 6–24 months in the rural population of northwest Ethiopia, 2015

From: Mother’s Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) knowledge improved timely initiation of complementary feeding of children aged 6–24 months in the rural population of northwest Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency Percent (%)
Age of child (in months)
 6–11 201 34.0
 12–24 390 66.0
Age of mother (years)
 ≤ 35 372 62.9
 > 35 219 37.1
Marital status
 Married 532 90.0
 Othersa 59 10.0
Religion
 Orthodox Christians 552 93.4
 Othersb 39 6.6
Mothers education
 No formal education 415 70.2
 Primary education 79 13.4
 Secondary and above 97 16.4
Fathers education
 No formal education 396 67.0
 Primary education 103 17.4
 Secondary and above 92 15.6
Family size
 ≤ 4 227 38.4
 > 4 364 61.6
Mothers occupational status
 Housewife 353 59.7
 Farmer 146 24.7
 Othersc 92 15.6
Fathers occupational status
 Unemployed 28 4.7
 Farmer 172 29.1
 Othersd 391 66.2
Possession of radio or television
 Yes 98 16.6
 No 493 83.4
Wealth status
 Poor 205 34.7
 Medium 187 31.6
 High 199 33.7
Antenatal care visits
 No antenatal care visit 208 35.2
 1–3 visit 251 42.2
 ≥ 4 visit 132 22.3
Place of delivery
 Home 426 72.1
 Health institution 165 27.9
Delivery attendant
 Health professional 168 28.6
 TBAe 81 13.7
 Relative and volunteer 341 57.7
Postnatal visit
 Yes 159 26.9
 No 432 73.1
Health care access
 Good access (< 2 h) 433 73.3
 Poor access (> 2 h) 158 26.7
Mothers IYCF knowledge
 Poor 187 31.6
 Medium 209 35.4
 High 195 33.0
Food groups   
Starchy staples 502 84.9
Legumes and nuts 361 61.1
Dairy products 106 17.9
Flesh food (meat) 59 10.0
Eggs 39 6.6
Vitamin-A rich fruits and vegetables 24 4.1
Other fruits and vegetables 7 1.2
  1. aSingle, divorced and widowed
  2. bMuslim, protestant and catholic
  3. cStudents, unemployed, servant, own business
  4. dContract and permanent work
  5. eTraditional birth attendant