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Table 1 Socio-demographic Characteristics of Respondents in Jimma Arjo Woreda, 2009

From: Sub-optimal breastfeeding of infants during the first six months and associated factors in rural communities of Jimma Arjo Woreda, Southwest Ethiopia

Variable Frequency Percent
Family size (n = 382)*   
2-5 241 63.1
>5 141 36.9
Current marital status (n = 382)   
Married 375 98.2
Unmarried 7 1.8
Maternal age (in years)   
15-20 43 11.3
21-25 191 50
26-30 98 25.6
31-35 40 10.4
>35 10 2.7
Mothers’ education (n = 382)   
Illiterate 274 71.7
Can read and write 45 11.8
Primary education 57 14.9
Secondary and above 6 1.6
Ethnicity (n = 382)   
Oromo 380 99.5
Amhara 2 0.5
Religion (n = 382)   
Protestant 243 63.6
Orthodox 136 35.6
Muslim 3 0.8
Infant age   
<1 month 19 5
1-2 months 103 27
3-4 months 89 23.3
5-6 months 171 44.7
Taking health education(n = 382)   
Yes 168 43.98
No 214 56.02
Delivery type   
Caesarean section 8 2.1
Vaginal delivery 374 97.9
Owner of radio (n = 382)   
Yes 181 47.4
No 201 52.6
Antenatal Care visit   
Yes 190 49.7
No 192 50.3
Delivery assistant   
Traditional Birth Attendants 311 81.4
Health Workers 53 13.9
Others 18 4.7
  1. *Mean ± SD = 5.21 ± 1.80.
  2. Relatives, health extension workers.