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Table 1 Complementary feeding knowledge and attitudes among 2078 mothers in 2011–2012 in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh, stratified by district of residence and wave of enrollmenta

From: Maternal knowledge and attitudes towards complementary feeding in relation to timing of its initiation in rural Bangladesh

Knowledgeb %
  Katiadic(n = 1036) Karimganj, Wave 1 (n = 332) Karimganj, Wave 2 (n = 359) Karimganj, Wave 3 (n = 351)
Knew WHO recommended age for complementary feeding initiation is 6 months 28.3 3.9 11.7 2.9
Identified ≥4 food groups for infant’s first foods 92.4 76.8 90.5 91.5
Knew recommended ways to prepare infant’s food 70.9 48.5 88.6 90.6
Identified ≥3 methods of responsive feeding 26.1 19.9 30.9 61.0
Attitudesb,d
 Complementary foods in addition to breastmilk are healthy for infants > 6 months 99.4 99.1 99.7 99.4
 Nutritional supplements are affordable and ensure infant has adequate nutrition 37.5 17.8 18.7 20.8
 Confident about continued breastfeeding 66.6 77.1 82.5 84.1
 Complementary feeding is expensive 96.9 96.4 95.0 98.0
  1. a Participants were enrolled in three waves between January and February 2011, May and June 2011, and September and October 2011, respectively
  2. b Assessed at infant age 3 months
  3. c Participants from all three recruitment waves were pooled in the control district
  4. d Proportion includes those who ‘Agreed’ or ‘Strongly Agreed’