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Table 3 Factors associated with the duration of breastfeeding * (n=234 1 )

From: Patterns and determinants of breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices of Emirati Mothers in the United Arab Emirates

Factors No. Duration of breastfeeding Months (mean± SD) P value
Infant sex    0.783
Boy 144 8.7 ± 6.1  
Girl 90 8.4 ± 5.6  
Parity    0.024
Primiparous 86 7.6 ± 5.0  
Multiparous 148 9.5 ± 6.8  
Mother’s age    0.034
<25 88 7.2 ± 5.1  
25-30 77 9.7 ± 7.0  
31-35 42 9.5 ± 6.5  
>35 27 10.0 ± 6.3  
Mother’s educational level    0.001
Illiterate 15 9.5 ± 8.3  
primary 24 13.1± 6.2  
High school 124 7.6 ± 5.6  
Higher Education 70 9.2 ± 6.0  
Mother’s occupation    0.261
Working 34 8.9± 6.6  
Not working 200 8.8± 6.2  
Rooming in   0.903  
With the mother 200 8.7± 6.3  
In Separate room 34 8.9± 5.9  
Frequency of breastfeeding    0.157
Upon demand 200 8.4± 5.3  
Schedule 34 7.6± 5.1  
Nipple problems    0.010
Yes 95 7.5± 5.4  
No 139 9.7± 6.7  
Use of contraceptive    0.025
None 138 9.4± 6.1  
Non Hormonal 28 10.0±7.3  
Hormonal 68 7.1± 5.8  
No. of breastfeeds at night    0.001
None 87 6.1± 5.0  
1-3 96 9.7 ± 6.2  
4-6 51 11.7 ± 6.4  
  1. * ANOVA is used whenever the normality and equal variance assumptions are satisfied. Otherwise, we use Kruskal Wallis test.
  2. 1 included only infants who were breastfed and stopped breastfeeding at the time of the study.