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




Percent
My baby had difficulty nursing 30.5
Breast milk alone did not satisfy my baby 46.3
I thought my baby was not gaining enough weight 12.7
My baby got sick and could not breastfeed 5.1
My nipples were sore, cracked, or bleeding 21.4
I thought I was not producing enough milk 52.3
I had too many other household duties 9.8
I felt it was the right time to stop breastfeeding 9.9
I got sick and could not breastfeed 6.6
I went back to work or school 15.1
I wanted or needed someone else to feed the baby 11.3
My baby was jaundiced (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) 10.2
Other 26.2
(n = 461) Denominator is respondents whose new baby is alive and living with them now and had breastfed their baby after delivery, but are no longer breastfeeding.

  • All results are weighted.
  • These results are for surveys that were mailed to mothers from April 2008 through March 2009. Child's dates of birth were from 1/1/2008 through 12/31/2008.
  • 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.
*2008 Data collected under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol.

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