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Table 3 Mother’s knowledge (response from mothers) in relation to weight gain

From: Poor weight gain and its predictors among preterm neonates admitted at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania: a prospective cohort study

Variable Weight gain categories P-value
Poor weight gain <15 g/1000 g/day Adequate weight gain ≥ 15 g/1000 g/day
Ever received counselling on feeding. (n = 46) n (%) n (%)  
 Yes 39(84.8) 7(15.2) 0.80
 No 158(87.3) 23(12.7)
Type of Milk preferable.
 Breast milk. 181(86.6) 28(13.4) *0.57
Formula milk and mixed 16(88.9) 2(11.1)  
Optimal duration (EBF)
 6 months 158(86.3) 25(13.7) 0.81
  < 6 months and I don’t know 39(88.6) 5(11.4)
Preferable method for feeding
 Breastfeeding 119(85.0) 21(15.0) 0.42
Cup and tube 78(89.7) 9(10.3)
Time after birth to initiate feeding.
 First 24 h 117(85.4) 20(14.6) 0.55
  > 24 h and I don’t know 80(88.9) 10(11.1)
Frequency of feeding.
 Every 2 h 32(94.1) 2(5.9) *0.27
  > 2 h and I don’t know 165(85.5) 28(14.5)  
Overall knowledge on feeding
 Low 55(90.2) 6(9.8) 0.47
 Moderate 67(88.2) 9(11.8)
 High 75(83.3) 15(16.7)