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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of mothers (respondents) who have infants less than 6 months old, in Bahir Dar town, North West, Ethiopia, 2017

From: Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding practice and associated factors among mothers having infants less than 6 months old, in Bahir Dar, Northwest, Ethiopia: a community based cross sectional study, 2017

Variable Category (n = 472) Frequency Percent (%)
Infant sex Male 214 45.3
Female 258 54.7
Infant age 0–30 days 71 15
31–90 days 140 29.7
91–180 days 261 55.3
Age of mothers 15–19 30 6.4
20–24 119 25.2
25–29 163 34.5
30–34 98 20.8
35 and above 62 13.1
Religion Orthodox 355 75.2
Muslim 94 20
Protestant 12 2.5
Catholic 11 2.3
Ethnicity Amhara 455 96.4
Tigre 6 1.3
Oromo 6 1.3
Others 5 1
Level of education of mothers No education 86 18.2
Able to read and write 55 11.7
Primary school (1–8) 108 22.9
Secondary 86 18.2
Higher 137 29
Occupational status of mother’s Housewife 252 53.4
Governmental employee 108 22.9
Private employee 46 9.7
Merchant 38 8.1
Daily labor 28 5.9
Marital status of mother Single 36 7.6
Married 409 86.7
Widowed 6 1.3
Divorced 21 4.4
Husband educational level (409) No education 30 7.3
Able to read and write 51 12.5
Primary school (1–8) 103 25.1
Secondary 85 20.80
Higher 140 34.3
Husband occupation (409) Govt employee 118 28.9
Private employee 77 18.8
Merchant 116 28.4
Daily labor 64 15.6
Farmer and driver 34 8.3
Type of family Nuclear family 298 63.1
Extended family 174 36.9
Household income ≤ 1000 59 12.5
1001–2000 160 33.9
2001–3000 62 13.1
> 3000 191 40.5
ANC follow up Yes 370 78.4
No 102 21.6
Ways of delivery Normal 287 60.8
C/s 185 39.2
Place of delivery Home 119 25.2
Health institution 353 74.8