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Table 1 Socio-demographic Characteristics of first-time mothers having infants less than 6 months old, in Bahir Dar City, Northwest Ethiopia, 2016

From: Colostrum avoidance practice among primipara mothers in urban Northwest Ethiopia. A cross-sectional study

Variable Category(n = 398) Frequency Percent (%)
Sex of infant Male 212 53.3
Female 186 46.7
Age of infant (in months) 0–2.9 months 209 52.5
3–3.9 months 99 24.9
4–4.9 months 38 9.5
5–5.9 months 52 13.1
Age of mother (in years) 15–29 years 207 52.0
30–49 years 191 48.0
Religion of mother Orthodox 277 69.6
Muslims 95 23.9
Others a* 26 6.5
Ethnic of the Mother Amhara 348 87.4
Oromo 32 8.0
Others b* 18 4.5
Educational Level of mother Uneducated 251 63.1
Educated 147 36.9
Marital status of mother Married 345 86.7
Unmarried c* 53 13.3
occupation of mother Unemployed d * 294 73.9
Employed 104 26.1
Father’s Educational level(n = 344) Uneducated 154 44.8
Educated 190 55.2
Father’s occupation(n = 344) Employed 184 53.5
Unemployed 160 46.5
Type of family Nuclear 323 81.2
Extended 75 18.8
Household income e* < 1500 Birr 35 8.8
> 1500 Birr 363 91.2
  1. a* = Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah; b* = Tigrie, Agaw, Gurage; c* = single, divorced, widowed, d * = house wife, daily laborers, e* = 1 $US = 17 Birr
  2. (Ethiopian)