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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics mothers and child, in Aksum town, central zone of Tigray. Ethiopia 2017

From: Pre-lacteal feeding practice and associated factors among mothers having children less than two years of age in Aksum town, Tigray, Ethiopia, 2017: a cross-sectional study

Demographic variables Frequency Percentage
Age of the mother (n = 477)
  ≤ 19 18 3.8
 20–24 97 20.3
 25–29 202 42.3
 30–34 85 17.8
 35–39 53 11.1
 40–44 17 3.6
  ≥ 45 5 1
Family size (n = 477)
  ≤ 3 158 33.1
  ≥ 4 319 66.9
Level of educational (n = 477)
 No education 161 33.8
 Primary school (1–8) 120 25.2
 Secondary school and above 196 41.1
Marital status (n = 477)
 Single 17 3.6
 Married 407 85.3
 Widowed 43 9
 Divorced 10 2.1
Religion (n = 477)
 Orthodox 396 83
 Muslim 81 17
Ethnicity (n = 477)
 Tigrian 473 99.2
 Amhara 4 0.8
Occupation (n = 477)
 Housewife 291 61
 Governmental employee 59 12.4
 Private employee 91 19.1
 Daily labor 35 7.3
 Other 1 0.2
Number of children (n = 477)
  ≤ 3 393 82.4
  ≥ 4 84 17.6
Age of the child (n = 477)
  < 6 months 145 30.4
 6–11 months 141 29.6
 12–17 months 89 18.7
 18–24 months 102 21.4
Sex of the child (n = 477)
 Male 254 53.2
 Female 223 46.8
Birth order (n = 477)
 Birth order one 150 31.4
 Birth order 2–3 239 50.1
 Birth order ≥4 88 18.4
Birth spacing (n = 477)
 No previous child 150 31.4
  < 24 months 115 24.1
  ≥ 24 months 212 44.4
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