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Table 3 Complementary feeding practices and attitudes of participating mothers

From: Prevalence of initiation of complementary feeding at 6 months of age and associated factors among mothers of children aged 6 to 24 months in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Variables Categories Frequency Percent (%)
Initiation of complementary foods At about 6 months of age 499 83.2
Before or after 6 months of age 101 17
Reasons for initiation of complementary foods at 6 months of age At this age breast milk is not enough to fulfill the energyrequirements of the child 310 52
Belief child needs additional foods for growth at this time 248 41
Belief the stomach of the child can easily digest food 40 7
Reasons for early initiation of complementary foods Belief that breast milk alone is not enough for infants’ growth and development 66 11
Not enough time to breast feed 36 6
To strengthen the child 34 6
To reduce maternal workload 33 6
Reasons for late initiation of complementary foods Disease prevention 30 5
Exclusive breast feeding improves child-mother relationship and delays pregnancy 19 3
Kinds of commonly introduced foods Soup 92 15
Cow milk 265 44
Porridge 182 30
Water 145 24
Fruits 110 18
Othersa 174 29
  1. aPowdered milk, Enjera, Potata, Bread, Egg, Formula feeding, Mekoroni, Serifam