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Table 2 Associations between selected factors and complementary feeding

From: Levels and determinants of complementary feeding based on meal frequency among children of 6 to 23 months in Bangladesh

Variables Complementary feeding (CF) P values
  No n (%) Inadequate CF n (%) Adequate CF n (%)  
Children age (months)
 6–11 41 (4.8 %) 791 (92.7 %) 21 (2.5 %) <0.001
 12–17 8 (1.0 %) 753 (94.1 %) 39 (4.9 %)
 18–23 19 (2.6 %) 656 (91.1 %) 45 (6.2 %)
Sex of child
 Male 36 (3.0 %) 1109 (92.5 %) 54 (4.5 %) 0.903
 Female 32 (2.7 %) 1091 (92.9 %) 51 (4.3 %)
Mother’s education
 Illiterate 11 (2.9 %) 362 (95.3 %) 7 (1.8 %) 0.028
 Literate 57 (2.9 %) 1838 (92.2 %) 98 (4.9 %)
Father’s education
 Illiterate 19 (3.1 %) 580 (95.9 %) 6 (1.0 %) <0.001
 Literate 49 (2.8 %) 1620 (91.6 %) 99 (5.6 %)
Father’s employment status
 Currently unemployed 3 (5.7 %) 48 (90.6 %) 2 (3.8 %) <0.001
 Labours 45 (2.7 %) 1568 (94.2 %) 52 (3.1 %)
 Service holders 17 (3.3 %) 457 (89.8 %) 35 (6.9 %)
 Businessmen 3 (2.1 %) 127 (87.0 %) 16 (11.0 %)
Socioeconomic status
 Poor 15 (3.0 %) 474 (95.4 %) 8 (1.6 %) <0.001
 Middle 17 (3.7 %) 433 (95.0 %) 6 (1.3 %)
 Rich 36 (2.5 %) 1293 (91.1 %) 91 (6.4 %)
Watch Television
 No 31 (3.3 %) 880 (94.6 %) 19 (2.0 %) <0.001
 Yes 37 (2.6 %) 1320 (91.5 %) 86 (6.0 %)
Listen radio
 No 61 (2.8 %) 2013 (92.9 %) 94 (4.3 %) 0.691
 Yes 7 (3.4 %) 187 (91.2 %) 11 (5.4 %)
Read newspapers/magazine w
 No 59 (3.0 %) 1850 (94.0 %) 60 (3.0 %) <0.001
 Yes 9 (2.2 %) 350 (86.6 %) 45 (11.1 %)
Food insecurity
 No 45 (2.9 %) 1421 (91.7 %) 84 (5.4 %) 0.005
 Yes 23 (2.8 %) 779 (94.7 %) 21 (2.6 %)
Place of residence
 Urban 14 (1.9 %) 660 (90.5 %) 55 (7.5 %) <0.001
 Rural 54 (3.3 %) 1540 (93.7 %) 50 (3.0 %)
Region of residence
 Southern 4 (1.5 %) 252 (94.7 %) 10 (3.8 %) 0.398
 Southeastern 22 (4.4 %) 451 (90.4 %) 26 (5.2 %)
 Central 7 (1.9 %) 354 (93.7 %) 17 (4.5 %)
 Western 6 (2.2 %) 248 (92.2 %) 15 (5.6 %)
 Mid-western 8 (2.6 %) 285 (92.5 %) 15 (4.9 %)
 Northwestern 9 (3.0 %) 278 (93.0 %) 12 (4.0 %)
 Eastern 12 (3.4 %) 332 (93.8 %) 10 (2.8 %)
Total 68 (2.9 %) 2200 (92.7 %) 105 (4.4 %)