Table 3

Relation between iron deficiency (ID) and feeding practice

CharacteristicNo ID(%)ID(%)Totalχ2 P values
Exclusive breast feeding for 6  months
 Yes51 (81.0)12 (19.0)637.915 0.007
 No208 (92.9)16 (7.1)224
Frequency of breast feeding
 All or almost all feeds142 (86.1)23 (13.9)1658.893 0.012
 About half of all feeds76 (93.8)5 (6.2)81
 Few feeds since birth41 (100.0)0 (0)41
Continuation of breast feeding at 1 year
 Yes115 (82.7)24 (17.3)13917.268 ≤0.05
 No144 (97.3)4 (2.7)148
Breastfeeding intake within the last 24  hours
 Yes112 (82.4)24 (17.6)13618.281 ≤0.05
 No147 (97.4)4 (2.6)151
Ever take infant formula milk (n=306)
 Yes225 (95.3)11 (4.7)23625.011 ≤0.05
 Never53 (75.7)17 (24.3)70
Age at introduction of any solid, semisolid or soft food (n= 306)
 Less than 6  months72 (91.1)7 (8.9)790.0110.917
 6  months or more206 (90.7)21 (9.3)227
Ever take iron supplementation (n=306)
 Yes27 (96.4)1 (3.6)281.1540.283
 No251 (90.3)27 (9.7)278