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Table 2 Maternal and child feeding practice in the predominantly rural population of northwest Ethiopia, 2015

From: Stunting and its determinant factors among children aged 6–59 months in Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency Percent
Extra food during pregnancy
 Yes 22 1.7
 No 1273 98.3
Prenatal iron supplementation
 Yes 597 46.1
 No 698 53.9
Colostrums
 Given to the child 667 51.5
 Discarded 626 48.5
Breastfeeding initiation within 1 h
 Yes 663 51.2
 No 632 48.8
Ever breastfed
 Yes 1287 99.4
 No 8 0.6
Exclusive breastfeeding
 Yes 808 62.4
 No 487 37.6
Pre-lacteal feeding
 Yes 369 28.5
 No 926 71.5
Complementary feeding initiation
 Timely 740 57.1
 Early 155 12
 Late 400 30.9
Bottle feeding
 Yes 63 4.9
 No 1232 95.1
Dietary diversity score
  < 4 food groups 1218 94.1
  ≥ 4 food groups 77 5.9
Starchy staples
 Yes 1190 91.9
 No 105 8.1
Vitamin-A rich fruits and vegetables
 Yes 16 1.2
 No 1279 98.9
Legumes, nuts and seeds
 Yes 949 73.3
 No 346 26.7
Oils and fats
 Yes 834 64.4
 No 461 35.6
Dairy products
Yes 302 23.3
No 993 72.7
Meat, poultry, and fish
 Yes 164 12.7
 No 1131 87.3
Egg
 Yes 77 5.9
 No 1218 94.1
Other fruits and vegetables
 Yes 17 1.3
 No 1278 98.7
Maternal vitamin A supplementation
 Yes 305 23.6
 No 990 76.4
Deworming
 Yes 471 36.4
 No 824 63.6
History of fever in the previous 2 weeks
 Yes 495 38.2
 No 800 61.8
History of diarrheal attack in the previous 2 weeks
 Yes 242 18.7
 No 1053 81.3