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Table 2 Birth history, knowledge about birth spacing and breastfeeding practice among mothers of child bearing age in Serbo town Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia, 2017 (N = 314)

From: Suboptimal child spacing practice and its associated factors among women of child bearing age in Serbo town, JIMMA zone, Southwest Ethiopia

Variables Category Frequency Percent
Heard about modern contraceptives during two consecutive births Yes 286 91.1%
No 28 8.9%
Optimal birth interval has health advantage for the mother and the child Yes 265 84.4%
No 39 12.4%
don’t know 10 3.2%
Short birth interval has health disadvantages for the mother and the child Yes 260 82.8%
No 47 15.0%
don’t know 7 2.2%
Number of children born alive 2 110 35.0%
3–4 159 50.6%
≥5 45 14.3%
Child died soon after birth Yes 38 12.1%
No 276 87.9%
Mother’s need to have more children after last pregnancy Yes 191 60.8%
No 123 39.2%
Time to become pregnant after last child Soon after 47 24.6%
Wait until later 144 75.4%
Mother’s preference of birth interval (BI) in years < 36 months 113 36.0%
36–60 months 163 51.9%
≥60 months 25 8.0%
I don’t know 13 4.1%
Sex of the last child Male 110 35.0%
Female 204 65.0%
Breastfeed the last child Yes 283 90.1%
never breastfeed 31 9.9%
Duration of breastfeeding 0–11 months 19 6.7%
12–23 months 49 17.3%
> = 24 months 217 76.0%
Reasons for never breastfed new pregnancy 5 16.1%
mother was sick 14 45.2%
Othera 12 38.7%
Mother’s agreement on when to stop breastfeeding < 24 months 57 17.9%
≥24 months 257 82.1%
  1. aothers include, mothers don’t have breast milk b/c of unknown reason, the child refused to suck