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Table 1 Characteristics of mothers and children under 1 year of age in the Brazilian capitals and the Federal District, 2008

From: The consumption of unhealthy foods by Brazilian children is influenced by their mother’s educational level

Sample characteristics N %
Child’ sex   
Female 17,038 49.6
Male 17,328 50.4
Low birth weight   
Yes 2,695 8.3
No 29,915 97.7
Breastfeeding   
Yes 26,715 78.4
No 7,370 21.6
Child’ age (months)   
0 to 5.99 18,494 54.8
6 to 11. 99 15270 45.2
Maternal age   
<20 years 5,060 14.7
20 to 35 years 21,434 62.4
≥35 years 3,153 9.2
No information 4,719 13.7
Maternal work   
Outside the home 5,757 16.7
Not working/Maternity license 22,496 65.5
No information 6,113 17.8
Maternal education level   
No schooling 644 1.9
Elementary school 10,851 31.6
High school 14,062 40.9
College 4,284 12.5
No information 4,525 13.2
Region of residence   
North 7,951 23.1
Northeast 12,139 35.3
Midwest 4,597 13.4
Southeast 6,405 18.6
South 3,274 9.5