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Table 1 Characteristics of lactating mothers (n = 346) visiting public health facilities in Aksum, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, June 2015

From: Dietary diversity and related factors among lactating women visiting public health facilities in Aksum town, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

Characteristics Number (percent)
Age  
 15–30 240 (69.4)
 31–40 86 (24.9)
  > 40 20 (5.8)
Residential address  
 Urban 280 (80.9)
 Rural 66 (19.1)
Religion  
 Orthodox 306 (88.4)
 Muslim 40 (11.6)
Marital status  
 Single 18 (5.2)
 Married 299 (86)
 Divorced 22 (6.4)
 Widowed 7 (2)
Educational status  
 No formal education 57 (16.5)
 Elementary (1–8) 130 (37.6)
 Secondary (9–12) 113 (32.6)
 12+ 46 (13.3)
Occupational status  
 Unemployed 66 (19.1)
 House wife 162 (46.8)
 Daily laborer 34 (9.8)
 Private businessa 84 (24.3)
Family size  
 1–3 25 (7.2)
 4–6 250 (72.3)
  > 6 71 (20.5)
Source of drinking water  
 Tap water 276 (79.8)
 Pumping water 53 (15.3)
 Protected well 17 (4.9)
Latrine availability  
 Yes 284 (82.1)
 No 62 (17.9)
Average monthly income  
  < 501 ETBb 196 (56.6)
 501–1500 ETB 99 (28.6)
  > 1500 ETB 51(14.8)
History of illness in the previous 2 weeks  
 Yes 53 (15.3)
 No 293 (86.7)
Age at first menstruation (years)  
  < 13 12 (3.5)
 13–16 286 (82.7)
  > 16 48 (13.9)
Duration of menstruation (days)c  
  < 4 49 (14.2)
 4–6 270 (78)
  > 6 27 (7.8)
  1. atrading, weaving, small local alcohol selling business
  2. bETB = Ethiopian birr
  3. cDuration of menstruation refers to the usual duration of menstruation