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Table 2 Factors independentlya associated with the introduction of solid foods before 17 weeks (n = 440)

From: Predictors of the early introduction of solid foods in infants: results of a cohort study

  Mean age of introduction of solids (weeks) AdjOR 95% CI
Maternal age (yrs)    
   <20 14.2 4.25 1.21, 14.93
   20-29 17.0 1.40 0.02, 2.12
   >30 18.7 1.00  
Mother smoked prior to pregnancy    
   Yes 16.0 1.91 1.26, 2.90
   No 18.7 1.00  
Feeding method at 4 weeks    
   Fully formula fed 15.5 2.61 1.48, 4.61
   Partially breastfed 17.0 1.80 1.02, 3.13
   Fully breastfed 18.9 1.00  
  1. a Non-significant factors included infant sex, birth weight and whether the infant had been admitted to the Special Care Nursery (SCN), infant feeding method at discharge, mother's level of education, marital status, country of birth, parity, whether she had returned to work by 12 months postpartum and her infant feeding attitude score
  2. b All variables in the final model were variables for which when excluded the change in deviance compared with the corresponding X 2 test statistics on the relevant degrees of freedom was significant.
  3. CAdjusted odds ratios were derived from the logistic regression coefficients.