Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
MAFEDGENMILKWKD reports how many days, out of the past seven days, the child's mother gave her youngest surviving child any milk, such as tinned, powdered, or fresh animal milk. This variable describes a characteristic of the mother rather than the child.
Although the question wording asks about foods given to a specific child during the previous week, responses relate to the mother, so all young children of the mother are coded the same way. If the mother reported she gave her youngest surviving child any milk in the previous week, all of her children in the data are coded as "yes" (codes "1" through "7"), including any children who have died or who live elsewhere.
A positive response in MAFEDGENMILKWKD thus does not necessarily indicate whether a particular child of the mother drank any milk during the previous week. IPUMS-DHS users should instead employ the variable FEDGENMILKWKD to determine how many days the child drank any milk during the previous week. See Comparability.
The related variable MAFEDGENMILK24H (V411) indicates whether the child's mother gave her youngest surviving child any milk during the previous 24 hours. MAFEDGENMILK24HX reports the number of times the child's mother gave her youngest surviving child any milk during the previous 24 hours.
Days child fed foods in past week Variables -- PERSON