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Table 3 Maternal practices on child feeding in comparison and intervention area

From: Maternal nutrition counselling is associated with reduced stunting prevalence and improved feeding practices in early childhood: a post-program comparison study

Characteristics Comparison area Intervention area P 2
Number of children aged < 2 years (N) 769 974  
Prelacteal feeding (%) 13.26 9.75 0.022
Initiation of breastfeeding within 1 h of birth (%) 65.93 68.99 0.175
Number of children aged < 6 months (N) 133 256  
Exclusive breastfeeding (%) 59.40 72.66 0.008
Number of children aged 6–23 months (N) 612 699  
Initiation of complementary feeding by 7 month (%) 69.12 70.10 0.700
Having 4+ food groups out of 7 groups1 in last 24 h (%) 34.12 42.90 0.001
Minimum acceptable diet in last 24 h (%) 25.31 31.20 0.017
Ever fed multiple micro-nutrient powder in last 6 months (%) 7.39 16.16 < 0.001
Effectively fed multiple micro-nutrient powder in last 6 months (%) 0.94 3.76 0.001
  1. 1 7 food groups: 1) grains, roots and tubers; 2) legumes and nuts; 3) dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese); 4) flesh foods (meat, fish, poultry and liver/organ meats); 5) eggs; 6) vitamin-A rich fruits and vegetables; 7) other fruits and vegetables
  2. 2 P-value for the Chi-square test between comparison and intervention areas