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Table 3 Feeding practice of mothers, Debre Berhan district, April 2014. (n = 634). Depicts the feeding practices of mothers for their indexed infants. Some of the characteristics presented in the table include; prelacteal feeding, time of initiation of breastfeeding, and exclusive breastfeeding practices of mothers

From: Factors associated with prelacteal feeding practices in Debre Berhan district, North Shoa, Central Ethiopia: a cross-sectional, community-based study

Characteristics Frequency Percentage
Pre-lacteal feed
 Yes 90 14.2
 No 544 85.8
What did you give as pre-lacteal feeding
 Butter 48 53.3
 Water and sugar 36 40.0
 Cow’s milk 6 6.7
Time of initiation of breastfeeding
  < 1 h 448 70.7
  Within the first 6 h after birth 40 6.3
  Within 7–24 h 18 2.8
  On the second day after birth 10 1.6
  On the third day after birth 16 2.5
  Don’t know 102 16.0
Colostrum feeding
 Yes 505 79.7
 No 129 20.3
Weaning pattern of mothers with infants less than 6 months (n = 199)
 Rarely 98 49.2
 Sometimes 51 25.6
 Most times 27 13.6
 Discontinued breastfeeding 23 11.6
Exclusive breastfeeding
 Yes 435 68.6
 No 199 31.4