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What were your reasons for stopping breastfeeding?
Check all that apply.


My baby had difficulty nursing 36.0%
Breast milk alone did not satisfy my baby 38.8%
I thought my baby was not gaining enough weight 17.3%
My baby became sick and could not breastfeed 3.2%
My nipples were sore, cracked, or bleeding 23.3%
I thought I was not producing enough milk 41.1%
I had too many other household duties 13.1%
I felt it was the right time to stop breastfeeding 13.3%
I became sick and could not breastfeed 11.3%
I went back to work or school 16.6%
My husband or partner wanted me to stop breastfeeding .4%
I wanted or needed someone else to feed the baby 15.0%
Other 23.5%
(n = 388)
Denominator is respondents whose new baby is alive and living with them now, had breastfed their baby after delivery, but are no longer breastfeeding, and who chose the responses above.

  • All results are weighted.
  • These results are for surveys that were mailed to mothers from March 2002 through March 2003. Child's dates of birth were from 1/1/2002 through 12/31/2002.
  • The number of respondents (n) is the number of women who chose the responses above.
  • Percents may not add to 100.0 due to rounding.
*2002 Data collected under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol.

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