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Table 1 Participants sociodemographic characteristics from baseline quantitative interview

From: ‘I decided to go back to work so I can afford to buy her formula’: a longitudinal mixed-methods study to explore how women in informal work balance the competing demands of infant feeding and working to provide for their family

Mothers N = 18
Population group (Black/African) 18
Relationship status
 Married 1
 In a relationship and living with partner 11
 In a relationship and not living with partner 6
Education
 Secondary schooling: grade 8 to grade 11 13
 Completed schooling: grade 12 5
Number of children
 None (first pregnancy) 1
 1–2 14
 3–4 3
Pregnancy was planned 7
Self-reported HIV positive (all on antiretroviral treatment) 7
Receives financial support from father of baby 18
Description of work
 Own account worker (self-employed) 8
 Employed in an informal business 4
 Domestic worker 5
 Informal employee in a formal business 1
Type of work
 Domestic worker 6
 Hair dresser 5
 Homebased worker (sewing, informal traders, beadwork) 4
 Informal trader 1
 Other (fuel attendant and informal tuck shop owner) 2
No. of days worked per week
 3–4 days 8
 5–6 days 4
 7 days 6
Income per month
 Less than R1000 3
 R1000 – R3000 14
 Above R3000 1
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