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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of mothers of infants aged less than six months (N = 576) in Samara-Logia town Administration, Northeast Ethiopia, 2017

From: Breastfeeding performance in Afar regional state, northeastern Ethiopia: a cross sectional study

Characteristics Frequency Percent
Maternal age (years)
 17–20 35 6.1
 20–34 322 55.9
  > 34 219 38.0
Maternal religion
 Muslim 462 80.2
 Ethiopian Orthodox 88 15.3
 Protestant 26 4.5
Ethnicity of the mother
 Afar 133 23.1
 Amhara 302 52.4
 Oromo 62 10.8
 Tigray 79 13.7`
Marital status
 Married 456 79.2
 Divorced 76 13.2
 Widowed 31 5.4
 Single 13 2.2
Maternal Education
 None 128 22.2
 Primary 175 30.4
 Secondary and above 273 47.4
Maternal Occupation
 Housewife 242 42
 Government employee 220 38.2
 Merchant 64 11.1
 Daily laborer 36 6.3
 Othersa 14 2.4
Age of the infant (months)
 0–1 53 9.2
 2–3 227 39.4
 4–5 296 51.4
Birth order
 1 132 22.9
 2 247 42.9
  > 3 197 34.2
Paternal education
 None 54 11.8
 Primary 52 11.4
 Secondary and above 350 76.8
Household head
 Mother of index infant 159 27.6
 Father of index infant 417 72.4
Having Radio
 Yes 199 34.5
 No 377 65.5
  1. aStudent, agro-pastoralist. ETB Ethiopian Birr