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Table 2 Feeding practice of mothers, in Aksum town, central zone of Tigray, 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

Variables Frequency Percentage
Pre-lacteal feeding practice for the index child (n = 477)
 Yes 48 10.1
 No 429 89.9
Type of pre-lacteal (n = 48)
 Formula milk 15 31.3
 Plain water 13 27.1
 Sugar/glucose water 9 18.8
 Caw milk 6 12.5
 Butter 3 6.3
 Othera 2 4.2
Reason to give pre-lacteal (n = 48)
 Breast problem 16 33.3
 Breast feed for infant will cause thirsty 13 27.1
 Maternal medical illness 10 20.8
 For child growth 3 6.3
 Infant feeding problem 3 6.3
 Inadequate breast milk secretion 2 4.2
 Cultural practice 1 2.1
Influence to give pre-lacteal feeding (n = 48)
 Mothers own decision 31 64.6
 Health professional 13 27.1
 Traditional birth attendant 3 6.3
 Grand mothers 1 2.1
Colostrum giving (n = 477)
 Yes 447 93.7
 No 30 6.3
Reason for discarding colostrum (30)
 Maternal medical illness 12 40
 My breast has no milk 12 40
 For the child growth 4 13.3
 Cause abdominal discomfort and diarrhea 2 6.7
Breast feeding initiation (477)
 Within 1 h 271 56.8
 Greater than 1 h 206 43.2
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