Table 2

Maternal health and feeding practices of the study participants (n=400) in Samre Woreda from March-April, 2011
Maternal characteristics n %
Age of breast feeding child
< 6 months 150 37.5
6-11 months 90 22.5
12-24 months 142 35.4
> 24 months 18 4.4
Number of gravidity
≤ 2 pregnancies 140 35
3-6 pregnancies 216 54.1
>7 pregnancies 44 10.9
Practiced Exclusive Breast Feeding
Yes 319 79.8
No 81 20.2
Last child’s sex
Male 202 50.5
Female 198 49.5
Number of ANC attendance
No ANC visit 32 8
1-3 times 186 46.5
4-6 times 161 40.3
≥ 7 times 21 5.2
Avoid eating any food during lactation
Yes 3 0.7
No 397 99.3
Eat any additional foods during lactation
Yes 115 28.8
No 285 71.2
Change in food intake during lactation
No change 285 71.2
Frequency of meal 32 8
Amount of meal 51 12.8
Both frequency and amount 32 8
Number of meals/day
< 3 meals 108 27
≥ 3 meals 292 73

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Haileslassie et al. Nutrition Journal 2013 12:28   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-12-28

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