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Table 2 Background characteristics of the lactating women (n = 1238)

From: Minimum dietary diversity and associated factors among lactating mothers in Haryana, India: a community based cross-sectional study

Variables Sample Percentage
Age of the respondents (in years)
 Less than or equal to 20 91 7.4
 21 to 25 years 709 57.3
 26 to 30 years 377 30.5
 31 to 35 years 61 4.9
Education of the respondent
 No schooling 115 9.3
 Primary 111 9
 Upper primary 145 11.7
 Secondary 237 19.1
 Higher secondary 392 31.7
 Graduation or above 238 19.2
Caste
 General 658 53.15
 SC/ST 362 29.24
 OBC 218 17.61
Religion
 Hindu 1152 93.1
 Other 86 6.9
Education of the Husband
 No schooling 24 1.9
 Primary 59 4.8
 Upper primary 156 12.6
 Secondary 228 18.4
 Higher secondary 382 30.9
 Graduation or above 389 31.4
Occupation of the respondent
 Unemployed/ Homemaker 1195 96.5
 Employed 43 3.5
Occupation of the husband
 Unemployed 224 18.1
 Employed 1014 81.9
Type of Family
 Joint 835 67.45
 Nuclear 403 32.55
Parity of the respondent
 Primipara 593 47.9
 Multiparous 645 52.1
Number of ANC Visits
 Less than 4 ANC Visits 818 66.1
 4 or more ANC Visits 420 33.9
Nutrition knowledge
 No Knowledge 160 12.9
 Low Knowledge 359 29
 Medium knowledge 376 30.4
 High Knowledge 343 27.7
Minimum Dietary diversity status
 Inadequate 83 22.9
 Adequate 955 77.1
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