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Table 2 Feeding practice and health care related characteristics of mother-child pairs, East Belesa District, northwest Ethiopia, 2014

From: Undernutrition and associated factors among children aged 6-59 months in East Belesa District, northwest Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency Percent
Initiation of BFa   
 Within one hour 458 72.4
 1–24 h 156 24.6
 After 24 h 19 3.0
Prelacteal feeding   
 Yes 372 58.7
 No 261 41.3
Type of prelacteal food given (372)   
 Water 102 27.4
 Butter 270 72.6
Feeding colostrum   
 Yes 410 64.8
 No 223 35.2
Initiation to complementary feeding (n = 593)   
 Before sixth month 105 17.7
 At sixth month 329 55.5
 After sixth month 159 26.8
Complementary food offered in the last 24 h   
 Yes 593 93.7
 No 40 6.3
Frequency of feeding (n = 593)   
 <3 times 336 56.7
 3 times 152 25.6
 >3 times 105 17.7
Method of feeding   
 Bottle 19 3.4
 Cup 284 49.9
 Spoon 73 12.8
 Hand 193 33.9
Duration of BF   
 <12 months 155 24.5
 12–24 months 223 35.2
 >24 months 255 40.3
Antenatal care follow-up   
 Yes 182 28.8
 No 451 71.2
Extra food during pregnancy or lactation   
 Yes 200 31.6
 No 433 68.4
Child vitamin-A supplementation in the past six months   
 Yes 429 67.8
 No 204 32.2
Diarrheal morbidity in the past two 2 weeks   
 Yes 165 26.1
 No 465 73.9
Fever in the past two 2 weeks   
 Yes 117 18.5
 No 516 81.5
ARIb in the past two 2 weeks   
 Yes 96 15.2
 No 537 84.8
Measles in the past one year   
 Yes 75 11.8
 No 558 88.2
Child ever immunized   
 Yes 547 86.4
 No 86 13.6
  1. aBreastfeeding
  2. bAcute Respiratory Tract Infection