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Table 5 Caregivers’ knowledge and attitudes regarding infant and young child feeding (n = 1665)

From: Infant and young child nutritional status and their caregivers’ feeding knowledge and hygiene practices in internally displaced person camps, Somalia

 Baidoa
(n = 946)
Dharkenley
(n = 573)
Dayniile
(n = 136)
The caregivers agreed with the following statements:
A newborn baby should be put on the breast to suckle:n(%)n(%)n(%)
  within an hour after birth705 (74.5)327 (57.1)12 (8.8)
  between 1 and 2 h after birth173 (18.3)224 (39.1)118 (86.8)
  more than 2 h after birth57 (6.0)22 (3.8)6 (4.4)
An infant should be fed on the mother’s breast milk without other solid or non-solid food items (even without water) for:n(%)n(%)n(%)
  up to 3 months232 (24.5)146 (25.5)17 (12.5)
  up to 6 months590 (62.4)273 (47.6)115 (84.6)
The following foods could be introduced to an infant in addition to breast milkn(%)n(%)n(%)
  Sugar water or glucose water
   under 6 months178 (18.8)289 (50.4)115 (84.6)
   between 6–8 months401 (42.3)217 (37.9)19 (14.0)
   above 8 months314 (33.2)65 (11.3)0
  Thin porridge
   under the age of 6 months70 (7.4)69 (12.0)18 (13.2)
   between the age of 6–8 months221 (23.4)279 (48.7)102 (75.0)
   above the age of 8 months583 (61.6)204 (35.6)11 (8.1)
  Rice
   under the age of 6 months58 (6.1)27 (4.7)23 (16.9)
   between the age of 6–8 months181 (19.1)243 (42.4)36 (25.5)
   above the age of 8 months634 (68.0)281 (49.0)76 (55.9)
  Vegetables
   under the age of 6 months64 (6.8)24 (4.2)20 (14.7)
   between the age of 6–8 months189 (20.0)176 (30.7)31 (22.8)
   above the age of 8 months604 (63.8)349 (60.9)82 (60.3)
  Fruits and fruit juice
   under the age of 6 months66 (7.0)22 (3.8)24 (17.6)
   between the age of 6–8 months195 (20.6)217 (37.8)62 (45.6)
   above the age of 8 months574 (60.9)313 (54.6)48 (35.3)
  Eggs (yolk and whole)
   under the age of 6 months70 (7.4)55 (9.6)16 (11.8)
   between the age of 6–8 months190 (20)209 (36.5)78 (57.4)
   above the age of 8 months506 (53.5)281 (49)39 (28.7)
  Meat/fish/poultry flesh
   under the age of 6 months69 (7.3)43 (7.5)11 (8)
   between the age of 6–8 months164 (17.3)162 (28.3)25 (18.4)
   above the age of 8 months509 (53.8)337 (58.8)96 (70.6)
A baby between 6–8 months should be fed in a day:n(%)n(%)n(%)
  once or less259 (27.4)52 (9)8 (5.9)
  twice or more644 (68)508 (88.7)127 (93.4)
An infant should continue to breastfeed in addition to other complementary solid and non-solid food items up to the age of:n(%)n(%)n(%)
  1 year386 (40.8)129 (22.51)33 (24.26)
  2 years509 (53.8)432 (75.4)102 (75.0)