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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristic of participants in rural areas of West Ethiopia, April to May, 2014 (n = 593)

From: Predictors of early breastfeeding initiation among mothers of children under 24 months of age in rural part of West Ethiopia

Variables (n = 593)   Frequency (%)
Age of child in months 1-5 152 (25.6)
6-11 181 (30.5
Sex of child 12-23 260 (43.9)
Male 299 (50.4)
Age of mother in years Female 294 (49.6)
15-19 55 (9.3)
20-24 224 (37.8)
25-29 174 (29.3)
30-34 91 (15.3)
Family size 35+ 49 (8.3)
1-5 464 (78.2)
>5 129 (21.8)
Paternal Educational status Mean family size 5
Illiterate 97 (16.4)
Primary complete 205 (34.6)
Secondary complete 136 (22.9)
Maternal Educational status Above secondary 155 (26.1)
Illiterate 160 (27)
Primary complete 219 (36.9)
Secondary complete 113 (19.1)
Occupation (mothers) Above secondary 101 (17)
House wife 309 (52.1)
Government employee 75 (12.6)
Farmer 18 (13.7)
Merchant 110 (18.5)
Othersa 18 (3)
Variables (n = 593)   Frequency (%)
Ethnicity Oromo 540 (91.1)
Amahara 41 (6.9)
Guraghe 10 (1.7)
Religion Othersb 2 (0.3)
Orthodox 236 (39.8)
Protestant 324 (54.6)
Muslim 27 (4.6)
Wealth index of household Othersc 6 (1)
  Poor   182 (30.7)
  Medium   244 (41.1)
  High   167 (28.2)
Owner radio/TV   
  Yes   330 (55.6)
  No   263 (44.4)
  1. a = student, daily laborer, b = Shinasha, Wolaita c = catholic, Adventist