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Table 3 Nutritional status and Feeding practices of childrenin Takusa district, North West Ethiopia, 2017

From: Prevalence and associated factors of underweight among children 6–59 months of age in Takusa district, Northwest Ethiopia

Variables Frequency Percent
Underweight (WAZ)
 Normal (≥ -2SD) 519 80.5
 Moderate (≥ − 3 < -2SD) 73 11.3
 Severe (<-3SD) 53 8.2
 Overall Underweight (<-2SD) 126 19.5
Stunting (HAZ) 236 36.6
Wasting (WHZ) 52 8.1
Complementary feeding started
 < 6 months 73 11.3
 At 6 months 379 58.8
 6–7 months 165 25.6
 > 7 months 28 4.3
Frequency of complementary feeding per day
 < 3 times 96 14.9
 3–4 times 407 63.1
 > 4times 142 22.0
Duration of complementary feeding for child
 < 1 year 25 3.9
 1–2 years 220 34.1
 > 2 years 400 62.0
Types of food given for child
 Cereal based Porridge 72 11.1
 Others (Cereal based Atmit, cow milk and formula milk) 81 12.6
Discard colostrum
 Yes 540 83.7
 No 105 16.3
Time to start breast-fed
 Within 1 h 478 74.1
 2–24 h 142 22.0
 After a day 25 3.9
Exclusive breastfeeding
 Yes 527 81.7
 No 118 18.3
Frequency of breastfeed per day
 < 4 times 43 6.7
 4–7 times 231 35.8
 8–10 times 268 41.6
 > 10 times 103 16.0
Prelactal feeding
 Yes 133 20.6
 No 512 79.4
Extra food during pregnancy
 Yes 501 77.7
 No 144 22.3