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Table 2 Duration of breastfeeding, duration of postnatal leave and childcare practices during work hours

From: Addressing the interaction between food insecurity, depression risk and informal work: findings of a cross-sectional survey among informal women workers with young children in South Africa

Characteristics  < 12 months
n = 132 (%)
12–35 months
n = 133 (%)
All
n = 265 (%)
Baby’s age when mother stopped breastfeeding
 Never breastfed 18 (13.6) 27 (20.3%) 45 (17.0%)
 Still breastfeeding 80 (60.6) 15 (11.3) 95 (35.8%)
 0 to < 3 months 15 (11.4) 15 (11.3) 30 (11.3)
 3 to < 6 months 11 (8.3) 14 (10.5) 25 (9.4)
 6 to < 9 months 8 (6.1) 17 (12.8) 25 (9.4)
 9 to < 12 months   7 (5.3) 7 (5.3)
 12 to < 15 months   17 (12.8) 17 (12.8)
 15 to < 18 months   5 (3.8) 5 (3.8)
 18 to  24 months   9 (6.8) 9 (6.8)
 > 24 months   7 (5.3) 7 (5.3)
Baby’s age when mother returned to work
 Did not take time off work 40 (30.3) 54 (40.6) 94 (35.5)
 < 3 months 43 (32.6) 22 (16.5) 65 (24.5)
 3 to < 6 months 29 (22.0) 36 (27.1) 65 (24.5)
 6 to < 9 months 4 (3.0) 15 (11.3) 19 (7.2)
 9 to < 12 months 0 0 0
 12 to < 15 months   1 (0.8) 1 (0.4)
 15 to < 18 months   1 (0.8) 1 (0.4)
 18 to < 24 months   0 0
  > 24 months   2 (1.5) 2 (0.8)
 Not yet returned to work 6 (4.5%)   6 (2.3)
 Missing /mother unsure 10 (7.6) 2 (1.5) 11 (4.5)
 Took baby to work initially 26 (19.7) 28 (21.1) 54 (20.4%)
Person who usually cares for child while mother is working
 Child’s grandmother 31 (23.5) 21 (15.8) 52 (19.6%)
 Child’s father 2 (1.5) 1 (0.8) 3 (1.1%)
 Child’s sibling 1 (0.8) 2 (1.5) 3 (1.1%)
 Other relative 28 (21.2) 18 (13.5) 46 (17.4%)
 Non-relative 44 (33.3) 69 (51.9) 113 (42.6%)
 Mother herself (takes child to work or works from home) 26 (19.7) 18 (13.5) 44 (16.6%)
Place where child is cared for during working hours
 Mother’s residence 76 (57.6) 47 (35.3) 123 (46.4%)
 Carer’s home 22 (16.7) 20 (15.0) 42 (15.8%)
 Current workplace 3 (2.3) 2 (1.5) 5 (1.9%)
 Crèche or school 29 (22.0) 62 (46.6) 91 (34.3%)
 Other 2 (1.5) 2 (1.5) 4 (1.5)