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Table 2 Feeding practices in infants of Chinese-born and Australian-born mothers living in Australia

From: Differences in infant feeding practices between Chinese-born and Australian-born mothers living in Australia: a cross-sectional study

  Infants of Chinese-born Infants of Australian-born
  n Mean (SD) n Mean (SD)
Age stopped receiving breastmilk (months) 177 4.60 (3.77) 209 4.09 (4.60)
Age when first drank infant formula products (months) 430 1.16 (2.37) 392 1.69 (2.67) **
Age when first drank cow’s milk (months) 57 10.19 (5.90) 94 11.10 (3.33)
Age when first drank soy milk (months) 28 9.36 (6.12) 9 10.3 (5.48)
Age when first drank water-based drinks (months) 85 5.68 (4.83) 82 8.96 (5.63) ***
Age when first drank fruit juice (months) 174 6.37 (4.07) 104 9.92 (5.11) ***
Age when first ate soft, semi-solid, solid foods (months) 270 5.06 (1.30) 324 4.65 (1.14) ***
  n % n %
Currently receiving breastmilk (yes) 577 66.0 569 59.9**
Age stopped breastmilk (months)
 0–6 133 75.1 159 76.1
 7–12 37 20.9 35 16.7
 > 12 7 4.0 15 7.2
Ever drunk infant formula products (yes) 481 90.4 484 81.4***
Ever drunk water (yes) 477 82.2 479 72.9***
Ever drunk cow’s milk (yes) 475 13.1 478 20.5**
Ever drunk toddler milk (yes) 488 11.7 484 6.0**
Ever drunk soy milk (yes) 474 5.7 477 2.3**
Ever drunk any water-based drinks (yes) 476 18.3 477 17.0
Ever drunk fruit juice (yes) 476 37.6 479 22.8***
Ever eaten soft, semi-solid, solid foods (yes) 487 56.3 484 67.6***
Proportion of infants introduced to soft, semi-solid, solid foods prior to 6 months (yes) 183 67.8% 245 75.6%*
Ever eaten soft, semi-solid, solid foods ≤ 4 months (yes) 107 39.6% 154 47.5%
  1. Water-based drinks: cordial, soft drink, tea (excludes diluted fruit juice and infant formula products). Note, varying of sample size due to age range of infants which were possibly too young to have been exposed to these infant feeding practices yet
  2. *p < 0.05; **p < 0.01; ***p < 0.001