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Table 1 Duration of breastfeeding among mothers by socio-demographic factors

From: Factors associated with duration of breastfeeding in Bangladesh: evidence from Bangladesh demographic and health survey 2014

Variable Group N (%) Mean
(in months)
SD Value of
t- statistic/F- statistic
p-value
Demographic and health related variable
 Antenatal care visits Yes 2768 (78.2) 18.63 7.99 3.89 0.001
No 773 (21.8) 19.89 8.00
 Sex of child Male 1807 (51) 18.79 8.06 −0.90 0.366
Female 1734 (49) 19.03 7.89
 Mode of delivery Caesarean 831 (23.5) 18.27 7.98 2.64 0.008
Vaginal 2710 (76.5) 19.10 7.97
 Place of delivery Home 2163 (61.08) 19.18 7.98 2.54 0.011
Hospital/Clinic 1378 (38.92) 18.48  
Socio-economic variable
 Mothers’ educational level Uneducated 471 (13.3) 19.80 7.96 3.61 0.013
Primary 975 (27.5) 19.15 8.13
Secondary 1705 (48.20) 18.66 7.90
Higher 390 (11.00) 18.27 7.85
 Fathers’ educational level Uneducated 828 (23.4) 19.99 8.02 7.10 0.001
Primary 1059 (29.9) 18.78 7.95
Secondary 1109 (31.3) 18.40 7.89
Higher 545 (15.4) 18.52 7.98
 Mothers’ occupation Working outside of house 862 (24.30) 20.14 8.01 5.22 0.001
Housewife 2679 (75.70) 18.51 7.92
 Division Barisal 415 (11.7) 19.17 8.11 3.78 0.001
Chittagong 674 (19.0) 18.33 7.31
Dhaka 626 (17.7) 17.99 8.01
Khulna 422 (11.9) 19.38 8.37
Rajshahi 436 (12.3) 18.97 8.31
Rangpur 446 (12.6) 20.00 8.27
Sylhet 522 (14.7) 19.16 7.66
 Religion Muslim 3250 (91.8) 18.82 7.88 −1.88 0.041
Non-Muslim 291 (8.2) 20.10 9.11
 Place of residence Urban 1143 (32.3) 18.71 8.11 −1.00 0.061
Rural 2398 (67.7) 19.00 7.92
 Wealth Index Poor 1410 (39.8) 19.29 8.04 3.62 0.027
Middle 677 (19.1) 18.98 7.95
Rich 1454 (41.1) 18.50 7.90
Anthropometric variable
 BMI Underweight (BMI < 18.5 kg/m2) 957(27.0) 18.59 7.77 1.029 0.357
Normal weight (18.5 ≤ BMI < 25 kg/m2) 2021 (57.1) 19.02 7.97
Overweight or obese (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2) 563(15.9) 19.03 8.34