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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample (n = 322)

From: An exploration of the knowledge and attitudes towards breastfeeding among a sample of Chinese mothers in Ireland

Characteristic No. (%)
Current age   
   20-29 107 (34.0)
   30-39 154 (48.9)
   > 40 54 (17.1)
Marital status   
   Married 275 (85.4)
   Single/Divorced/Widow 47 (14.6)
Education level   
   Primary/Secondary 156 (48.4)
   Tertiary 166 (51.6)
Current occupation   
   Self-employed/Professional work 79 (24.9)
   Non-professional work 107 (33.8)
   Housewife 131 (41.3)
Husband/partner occupation   
   Self-employed/Professional work 109 (34.8)
   Non-professional work 195 (62.3)
   Unemployed 9 (2.9)
Family income last year (euro, before tax)   
   < 15,000 49 (15.7)
   15,000-30,000 163 (52.1)
   30,000-50,000 59 (18.8)
   > 50,000 42 (13.4)
Mother's birth place §   
   Mainland China (North) 164 (51.3)
   Mainland China (South) 109 (34.1)
   Hong Kong 47 (14.7)
Duration in Ireland (years)   
   < = 5 99 (30.7)
   > 5-10 179 (55.6)
   > 10 44 (13.7)
Has mother herself been breastfed when she was a baby?   
   Yes 276 (85.7)
   No 31 (9.6)
   Don't know 15 (4.7)
Has she breastfed at least one child?   
   Yes 263 (81.7)
   No 59 (18.3)
Where did she give birth to her child(ren)?   
   China only 48 (15.0)
   Ireland only 247 (77.2)
   Both China and Ireland 25 (7.8)
  1. Columns where the numbers do not add up to 322 reflect missing values for this column.
  2. §Mainland China (north) included the provinces of Anhui, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Shanxi; Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region; and the municipality of Beijing, Tianjin.
  3. Mainland China (south) included the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Sichuang, Yunnan, Zhejiang; Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; and the municipality of Chongqing, Shanghai.
  4. Hong Kong indicated Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions of China. In this study, one subject from Macau was also grouped into this category.