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Table 2 Distribution of colostrum feeding practice and initiation of breast feeding among mothers of children less than 24 months of age in Sodo zuria district, 2017 [n = 495]

From: Prelacteal feeding practice and its associated factors among mothers of children age less than 24 months old in Southern Ethiopia

Variables Categories Frequency Percentage
Mothers avoid colostrum Yes 42 8.5
No 453 91.5
Time of initiation of breast feeding (n = 453) < 1 h 241 48.7
1-6 h 170 34.3
7-12 h 14 2.8
>  12 h 28 5.7
Reasons for colostrum avoidance (n = 42) Maternal medical illness 20 47.6
for the child growth 7 16.6
Breast has no milk 9 21.4
Cause Abdominal discomfort and diarrhea 6 14.2