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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of Australian, Irish, and Swedish women

From: Australian, Irish and Swedish women’s perceptions of what assisted them to breastfeed for six months: exploratory design using critical incident technique

Variable Australian women N = 153 n(%) Irish women N = 64 n(%) Swedish women N = 139 n(%)
aMaternal Age 33.5(4.92)[22–49] 34.9(4.01)[24–43] 33.5(5.61)[20–51]
aNumber of children 1.7(0.83)[1–5] 1.6 (0.73)[1–4] 1.8(0.91)[1–6]
Number of children
 One child 75 (49.0) 31 (48.4) 62 (44.6)
 Two children 55 (35.9) 25 (39.1) 51 (36.7)
 Three children 18 (11.8) 7 (10.9) 21 (15.1)
 Four or more children 5 (3.3) 1 (1.6) 5 (3.6)
Level of education
 High school not completed 2 (1.3) - 5 (3.6)
 High School completed 18 (11.8) 6 (9.4) 32 (23)
 Undergraduate degree 88 (57.5) 28 (43.8) 62 (44.6)
 Postgraduate degree 45 (29.4) 30 (46.9) 40 (28.8)
Previously breastfed a child 77 (50.3) 32 (50.0) 70 (50.4)
aAge of youngest child in months 16.7(9.75)[5–60)] 16.0(9.25)[6–42] 21.0(11.2)[6–56]
Youngest child feeding 6 months
 Breastmilk 21 (13.7) 17 (26.6) 30 (21.6)
 Breastmilk and formula 1 (0.7) 1 (1.6) 4 (2.9)
 Breastmilk and solid food 122 (79.7) 40 (62.5) 95 (68.3)
 Breastmilk and formula and solid food 9 (5.9) 6 (9.4) 10 (7.2)
  1. aMean(Standard Deviation)[Range]