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Table 2 Complementary feeding practices of children 6–24 months old in three districts of Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia, from March to May 2014

From: Complementary feeding practices, dietary diversity, and nutrient composition of complementary foods of children 6–24 months old in Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia

Variables Number Percent
Exclusive breastfeedinga
 Yes 496 88.9
 No 62 11.1
Continued breastfeeding ≥ 2 years olda
 Yes 422 75.6
 No 136 24.4
Time of initiation of complementary feeding
 Before 6 months 49 11.6
 Just at 6 months 350 82.9
 After 6 months 23 5.5
Preparation of special additional food
 Yes 258 46.2
 No 300 53.8
Particular food during sickness or recovery
 Yes 47 8.4
 No 511 91.6
Feeding frequency
 > 2 times a day 39 9.2
 3–4 times a day 326 76.9
 3–4 times + 1–2 snack 59 13.9
Dietary diversity score
 < 4 food groups per day 303 54.3
> 4 food groups per day 255 45.7
Food groups fed to childrenb
 Cereals and grains 384 68.8
 Fruits 157 28.1
 Vegetables 215 38.5
 Protein rich 249 44.6
 Dairy products 100 17.9
 Oil and fat 226 40.5
 Discretionary calories 299 53.6
  1. aSample size = 558
  2. bPercentages do not add up to 100% as more than one response is possible