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Table 3 Maternal obstetric and infant characteristics of participants in public health facilities in Gondar town, Amhara Regional State, Northwest Ethiopia 2020 (n = 414)

From: Breastfeeding technique and associated factors among lactating mothers visiting Gondar town health facilities, Northwest Ethiopia: observational method

Variables Frequency Percent
Previous breastfeeding experience Yes 230 56.1
No 180 43.9
Breastfeeding experience duration in a years < 2 94 22.9
2–5 108 26.3
> 5 28 6.8
Parity Primipara 179 43.7
Multipara 231 56.3
ANCa follow up Yes 388 94.6
No 22 5.4
Counseling about breastfeeding technique Yes 88 21.5
No 322 78.5
Place of delivery Hospital 282 68.8
health center 98 23.9
private clinic 6 1.5
Home 24 5.9
Mode of delivery SVDb 290 70.7
Assisted delivery 42 10.2
C/Sc 78 19.0
Immediate counseling about BFT Yes 187 45.6
No 223 54.4
PNCd Yes 175 42.7
No 235 57.3
PNC visit frequency 1 time 117 28.5
2 and above 58 14.1
Breast problem Yes 23 5.6
No 387 94.4
Sign and symptoms of a breast problem Crackle nipple 3 0.7
Sore nipple 11 2.7
Engorgement 8 2.0
Inverted nipple 1 .2
Gestational age Preterm 24 5.9
Term 386 94.1
Sex of the infant Male 213 52.0
Female 197 48.0
Age of infant/child 0–6 months 284 69.3
7–12 months 74 18.0
13–15 months 52 12.7
The baby started complementary feeding Yes 126 30.7
No 284 69.3
Feeding type Mixed 7 1.7
normal 119 29.0
The baby uses a bottle Yes 70 17.1
No 340 82.9
The baby uses a pacifier Yes 21 5.1
No 389 94.9
  1. aantenatal care
  2. bspontaneous vaginal delivery
  3. ccaesarian section d postnatal care