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Table 5 Information of prelacteal feeding among postnatal mothers presenting at neonatal intensive care unit of Debre Tabor General Hospital, Amhara regional state, North Central Ethiopia, 2019

From: Prevalence and associated factors of prelacteal feeding among neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care units, North central Ethiopia, 2019

Factors Frequency %
Believed on the purported advantages of prelacteal feeding (n = 321)   
 Yes 100 31.2
 No 221 68.8
Maternal reasons of their belief on the purported advantages of prelacteal feeding (n = 100)
 PLF has cultural value 43 43.0
 PLF doesn’t cause neonatal thirst 23 23.0
 PLF improves neonatal health and growth 15 15.0
 PLF calms/soothes the baby 13 13.0
 PLF cleans the newborn’s bowel, throat or mouth 6 6.0
Prelacteal feeding has risks (n = 321)
 Yes 242 75.4
 No 79 24.6
aIf yes, could you mention?(n = 242)
 Diarrhea 203 83.9
 Poor growth 159 65.7
 Infection 106 43.8
 Vomiting 71 29.3
Colostrum feeding(n = 321)
 Yes 293 91.3
 No 28 8.7
If no, why? (n = 28)
 Inadequate breast milk secretion 13 46.4
 Maternal medical illness 8 28.6
 Cause abdominal discomfort and diarrhea 7 25.0
  1. aMultiple responses were given