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Table 2 Maternal health and feeding practices of the study participants (n=400) in Samre Woreda from March-April, 2011

From: Feeding practices, nutritional status and associated factors of lactating women in Samre Woreda, South Eastern Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia

Maternal characteristics n %
Age of breast feeding child   
< 6 months 150 37.5
6-11 months 90 22.5
12-24 months 142 35.4
> 24 months 18 4.4
Number of gravidity   
≤ 2 pregnancies 140 35
3-6 pregnancies 216 54.1
>7 pregnancies 44 10.9
Practiced Exclusive Breast Feeding   
Yes 319 79.8
No 81 20.2
Last child’s sex   
Male 202 50.5
Female 198 49.5
Number of ANC attendance   
No ANC visit 32 8
1-3 times 186 46.5
4-6 times 161 40.3
≥ 7 times 21 5.2
Avoid eating any food during lactation   
Yes 3 0.7
No 397 99.3
Eat any additional foods during lactation   
Yes 115 28.8
No 285 71.2
Change in food intake during lactation   
No change 285 71.2
Frequency of meal 32 8
Amount of meal 51 12.8
Both frequency and amount 32 8
Number of meals/day   
< 3 meals 108 27
≥ 3 meals 292 73