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Table 2 Complementary feeding indicators and related feeding practices of mothers in Apkabuyo

From: Complementary feeding practices among mothers and nutritional status of infants in Akpabuyo Area, Cross River State Nigeria

Characteristics N %
Introduction of solid, semi-solid or soft foods
 Met 135 85.4
 Not met 23 14.6
Minimum dietary diversity
 Met 101 31.5
 Not met 220 68.5
Minimum meal frequency
 Met 200 36.7
 Not met 116 63.3
Minimum acceptable diet
 Met 74 23.1
 Not met 247 76.9
Bottle feeding
 Yes 112 35.1
 No 207 64.9
Milk feeding frequency for non-breastfed child
 Met 3 7.0
 Not met 40 93.0
Still breastfeeding
 Yes 283 85.2
 No 49 14.8
Age of introducing complementary food
 <6 months 231 73.5
 6 months 86 25
 >6 months 9 1.5
Separate preparation of child’s food
 Yes 225 67.6
 No 108 32.4
Reasons for starting complementary foods
 Hospital instruction 62 18.4
 For good growth 27 8.2
 Baby was not satisfied 101 30.7
 Breast milk was not enough 19 5.8
 Always crying 54 16.4
 Hungry 35 10.6
 Others 31 9.4
First complementary food offered to child
 Infant formula 66 20.0
 Custard 113 34.2
 Guinea corn (Pap) 123 37.3
 Other foods 28 8.5
How complementary food is fed to child
 Bottle with nipple 71 21.5
 Spoon 222 67.3
 Cup 2 0.6
 Hand 34 10.3
Hand washing with soap before feeding child
 Yes 173 52.3
 No 158 47.7