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Table 4 Knowledge related to breastfeeding (N = 326)

From: Knowledge, attitudes and peer influences related to pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health among adolescents using maternal health services in Ugu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Questions Correct Answer Frequencies (n) Percentages (%)
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for: 6 months   
 6 weeks   3 0.9%
 2 months   1 0.3%
 6 months   234 71.8%
 8 months   13 4%
 Don’t know   75 23%
Breastfeeding improves the immunity of the baby and protects the baby from allergies and asthma. True   
 True   257 78.8%
 False   8 2.5%
 Do not know   61 18.7%
A breast-fed baby has a lower risk of obesity and diabetes. True   
 True   190 58.3%
 False   23 7.1%
 Do not know   113 34.7%
Breastfeeding is more time consuming than bottle feeding. False   
 True   130 39.3%
 False   68 20.9%
 Do not know   128 39.3%
Breast-fed babies have fewer dental cavities (i.e., problems with tooth decay). True   
 True   193 59.2%
 False   31 9.5%
 Do not know   102 31.3%
Drugs and alcohol can be passed through breast milk to the baby. True   
 True   200 61.3%
 False   25 7.7%_
 Do not know   101 31%