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Table 2 Breastfeed and related practice among mothers who have infant less than 6 months, in Bahir Dar city, North West, Ethiopia, 2017 (n = 472)

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 Frequency Percent (%)
Breastfeeding experience of current infant
 Yes 461 97.7
 No 11 2.3
Timely initiation of breastfeed within 1 h
 yes 356 75.4
 No 116 24.6
Colostrums feeding
 Yes 396 83.9
 No 76 16.1
Prelacteal feeding
 Yes 120 25.4
 No 352 74.6
Infant feeding 1 day before survey
 Exclusively BF 408 86.4
 In addition to breast milk water, sugar solution, tea, soft foods 64 13.6
Reasons for not exclusively BF (64)
 Culture/tradition 17 26.7
 Not sufficient for infant 19 29.7
 Infant becomes thirsty 5 7.8
 Lack of time/work over load 12 18.7
 Maternal illness 9 14.1
 Lack of information’s 2 3
Who influence you to give other feeding (64)
 Husband 29 45.3
 My mother 18 28
 Mother in law 10 15.6
 Health worker 4 6.3
 My own decision 2 3.2
Knowledge about breastfeeding practice
 BF is important for infant health
  Yes 472 100
  No 0  
 BF is important for maternal health
  Yes 324 68.6
  No 148 31.4
 Put immediately after birth
  Yes 422 89.4
  No 50 10.6
 Colostrums should be given to an infant
  Yes 423 89.6
  No 49 10.4
 Prelacteal feeding is needed before start BF
  Yes 62 13.1
  No 410 86.9
 EBF for 6 months
  Yes 423 89.6
  No 49 10.4
 Infants start complementary feeding at 6 month and continue BF up to 2 years and beyond
  Yes 436 92.4
  No 36 7.6