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Table 3 Early initiation of breast feeding and colostrum feeding practice by mothers in Debre Tabor, North western Ethiopia, 2017 (n = 297)

From: Early initiation of breastfeeding and colostrum feeding among mothers of children aged less than 24 months in Debre Tabor, northwest Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency (N) Percentage (%)
Initiation of breast feeding
 Within 1 h 228 76.8
 1–3 h 44 14.8
 3–6 h 13 4.4
 6–24 h 11 3.7
 > 24 h 1 0.3
Reasons for not feeding within 1 h
 Fatigue 32 46.4
 Caesarian section 10 14.5
 Baby was separated 8 11.6
 I thought I would not have sufficient milk secretions 8 11.6
 Due to medical reasons 6 8.7
 No/poor secretions 5 7.2
Give colostrums
 Yes 221 74.4
 No 76 25.6
 Total 297 Total